‘All can see these birds in action’

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Pontefract Castle will be transformed into a scene of medieval merriment this weekend when it hosts the second annual Yorkshire Medieval Festival.

Celebrated children’s author Terry Deary, writer of the Horrible History books, will be at the castle, along with a host of activities and attractions, including falconry displays, living history encampments and activities.

A team of seven birds of prey will take part in flying displays and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Danielle Daglan, of York Archaeological Trust, which organised the event, said: “Famous falconers include Henry VIII and Mary, Queen of Scots, but this weekend we’re making sure people of all ages can see these stunning birds in action.”

There will also a living history encampment, battle drills, archery, minstrel musicians, jesters and crafts. Terry Deary will be on site on Saturday bringing some of his most famous Horrible Histories characters to life in two live performances.