THERE will be knights of old at Chepstow Castle over the May Day Bank Holiday when a Medieval reenactment rewinds the clock.

The Saturday to Monday, May 4-6, event was announced on National Heritage Day (April 18), which recognises and celebrates our history and culture.

Reenactment group, Bowlore, will give visitors an authentic medieval experience at the oldest surviving stone-built castle in Britain, dating back to 1067, the year after the Battle of Hastings.

Bowlore will be appearing at Chepstow Castle
Bowlore will be appearing at Chepstow Castle (Bowlore)

A spokesperson said: “Our show will contain an archery and weapons show, medieval encampment, have-a-go archery range, sword school, armour and a weapons display.”

Bowlore are a medieval archery and weapons display group, based in Somerset, who tour different venues and also appear at weddings, festivals and community shows. 

The castle, which is run by Cadw and boasts the oldest wooden gates in Europe, was once home to William Marshall, the legendary 12th-13th century soldier and statesman dubbed ‘the Greatest Knight’, who was the subject of a 2017 BBC2 documentary.

Anyone hoping to attend the event can contact Chepstow Castle on 03000 252239.

Tickets are £9.50 for adults, £6.70 for students and juniors (17 and under), £8.80 for seniors (65 and above), or a family ticket for £30.40.

Other events for the weekend scheduled on Cadw’s website include “Ragged Victorians”.