I love getting the chance to visit re-enactments or recreations of life in other eras, especially helpful for a historical novelist or non-fiction writer. So we headed down the coast to Largs at the weekend and I finally managed to go inside the recreated Viking Village which is built every year to commemorate the Battle of Largs in 1263. The modern day invasion is much friendlier and I got to explore some of the homes, workplaces and weaponry from the 13th century.
I was delighted to find an archer, as I had the chance to try archery at school many, many moons ago and always fancied the sport. So I paid my £1 for three shots and once the long-haired Swede reminded me how to hold the bow and when to let go (after a not so good practice shot), I finally managed to fire all three arrows straight down to the targets - even if they fell on the ground when they got there! I'd love to have had more practise but I contented myself with a photo of the archer.
Another year, I was overjoyed to visit a medieval day at Paisley Abbey and surrounds as I'm really keen on that period. I love the Abbey anyway and was glad of a an excuse to revisit it, this time enhanced by the addition of an apothecary and scribe within the building for the day. Then we watched the dancing, fighting and medieval musicians, as well as visiting the various stalls depicting skills and food and such like from the era.
This weekend, I'm off to the Romantic Novelists' Association first ever Afternoon Tea at York which is going to be held in the beautiful Guildhall. It's some years since I've visited York, so I can't wait to enjoy all the history again. No doubt I'll report back with photos afterwards.
Have you been to any interesting recreations of history?