Not even a day of rain managed to dissuade more than 3,000 people from attending a popular arts festival in Cornwall on Sunday which included a Medieval battle re-enactment for the first time.
The seventh edition of Lostfest, which took place in Lostwithiel, also featured more than 200 bands, arts and craft stalls and was timed to coincide with the first reopening of the Duchy Palace since its 15-month refurbishment was complete in January.
But the highlight for organisers was the inclusion for the first time of a Medieval battle by reenactment group Kernow Levy, which took place throughout the town.
The group set up camp in the church yard and were present throughout the day, culminating in the battle, which was won by the army from Lostwithiel. Mike Dobbie, who is part of the festival’s organising committee said: “I would say the Medieval battle was the highlight.
“It went down really, really well and it proved really popular.
“People were following them around the town, they set up in the church and put on a fantastic display.
“But the whole festival was just great, it’s a bit of a mix, something for everyone. I would say there was something between 3,000 and 5,000 people and the Duchy Palace had something in the region of 1,000 visitors throughout the day.”
The Duchy Palace is said to be one of the oldest non-ecclesiastical buildings in Cornwall, and was bought by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust in 2009.
About Kernow Levy
Kernow Levy is a Medieval re-enactment group, based in Cornwall, focusing primarily on the period between the years 900 to 1500.
They are a group of people who are interested in understanding history through the re-enactment of it.
They have a lot of fun not only fighting at shows all over the country with authentic weapons, but making and wearing authentic clothing, discovering what it was really like to live the lives of medieval Knights to Viking peasants.
Membership comes from all over Cornwall and Devon. “Basically we are a friendly bunch of people who love to dress up!
We are always looking for new members and some basic kit can be made available to borrow for first timers.”
To find out more go to: kernowlevy.co.uk
Kernow Levy – Skirmish 2, 23rd July 2011