Medieval Fair at Mussenden Temple

by admin on June 9, 2010

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A white horse carries a costumed knight at Downhil's medieval fair

A white horse carries a costumed knight at Downhil's medieval fair

The first Sunday in June the National Trust holds a medieval fair on the grounds of the Mussenden Temple aka the ‘Downhill Demense’. It is a growing celebration of the beginning of summer with costumed knights and maidens, peasants, and crafts-people roaming the grounds around the various demonstrations and stalls.
There are demonstrations of falconry, pottery, basket making and other skills needed in the Middle Ages in the various tents dotting the green grounds within the walled garden. The biggest crowd pleasing activities are the hand to hand combat duals and the jousting on horseback. For me the setting of the Mussenden Temple property has always brought to mind the stories of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia with the ruined castle and stone walls all backed by the sound of the sea hitting the cliffs below. It is lovely to see knights in armour and beautiful thoroughbred horses completing the scene on a summer’s day.
knights dual for the applause of the crowd

knights dual for the applause of the crowd

a knight putting his steed through its paces

A knight demonstrating his prowess at medieval court games

Activities for young knights and maidens abound including crown making, bouncy castles, and sword games. The medieval players are an Irish historical reenactment company full of Medieval high jinks who normally stay at Downhill hostel before the fair.
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