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A soaking in the stocks!

MEDIEVAL FUN AT THE CANTERBURY TALES

In medieval times they were used to punish people who had committed petty crimes, but it was all smiles at The Canterbury Tales at the weekend (June 14) as visitors lined up to have their photos taken in the stocks.

It was just one of the activities laid on by the popular visitor attraction as part of this year’s free Medieval Fun Day.Kieran in the Stocks - LR

The churchyard to the rear of the St Margaret’s Street attraction also played host to old favourites such as mead tasting and a bouncy castle, as well as face painting.

Visitors picked up a few tips on sword fighting at the Knights School, and got to grips with historic armour and weaponry on display courtesy of the Free Men of the Blean, a re-enactment society which gave demonstrations throughout the day.

Lyndsay Ridley, the attraction’s general manager, said: “It was a really great day for the whole family with a fantastic fun atmosphere. The stocks were particularly popular and will be back again soon!

“Although the event was free, we were fund-raising for Pilgrims Hospices throughout the day and I’d like to thank visitors for their donations.”

The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining day out for the whole family. Having welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, The Canterbury Tales remains one of Kent’s ‘must see’ attractions. Visit www.canterburytales.org.uk for more information.

Admission prices for the attraction are £8.75 adults, £6.75 children (aged 5-15), and £7.75 concessions. At certain times of year and for certain events, rates may vary. The Canterbury Tales is operated by Continuum Leading Attractions, who manage a host of visitor attractions around the country and most recently launched Coronation Street: The Tour in Manchester.

 
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The Canterbury Tales partners with BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel

The Canterbury Tales has teamed up with the BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel to offer a range of tempting group refreshment packages. The three-star gothic hotel is set in idyllic gardens just a 10-minute walk from the centre of the historic cathedral city.

Modern pilgrims can revive their senses with a choice of morning coffee and homemade chocolate cookies, a cream tea or full afternoon tea at the hotel – either before or after their visit to the award-winning attraction. Prices range from £10.50 to £21.75 (with discounts for seniors), and include admission to The Canterbury Tales.

Also on offer is a special ‘Breakfast Club’ package. Group visitors will start their day at the BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton Hotel with coffee or tea and bacon sandwiches, before travelling into the city centre for a visit to The Canterbury Tales. This will be followed by either a walking tour of the cobbled streets with the Canterbury Audio Tour or a gentle voyage along the River Stour on the Canterbury Historic River Tour. The activities can be enjoyed in any order, and each element of the package is offered at a discounted price:

Breakfast Club package

Option 1: Breakfast at BEST WESTERN Abbot’s Barton Hotel, The Canterbury Tales and Canterbury Audio Tour: £16.50pp

Option 2: Breakfast at BEST WESTERN Abbot’s Barton Hotel, The Canterbury Tales and Historic Canterbury River Tour: £18.50pp

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The Canterbury Tales is happy to help group organisers plan their whole day, including arranging time for shopping or visiting any of Canterbury’s other beautiful sights. For more information or to book a package, call 0845 070 6255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *.

The Canterbury Tales provides an excellent introduction to the historic cathedral city and its famous literary connection. It brings to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s best loved stories in a stunningly-accurate reconstruction of 14th century England. Set inside the former St Margaret’s Church, the attraction gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times.

The Canterbury Tales is operated by Continuum Leading Attractions, who manage a host of visitor attractions around the country and most recently launched Coronation Street: The Tour in Manchester.

*Free coach parking is available at the hotel, subject to availability. Bookings are payable 10 days in advance, and cancellations with less than 10 days’ notice are non-refundable.

More Medieval Fun announced

A Medieval Fun Day at The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction promises fun for all the family on Saturday 14 June. Organisers are capitalising on the popularity of previous medieval-themed events with a range of new additions for this year’s fayre, which remains free to enter.

The churchyard to the rear of the St Margaret’s Street attraction will play host to old favourites such as mead tasting and a bouncy castle, as well as new activities including face painting and the chance to have your picture taken in the stocks.*

Children will be keen to get their hands on the historic armour and weaponry on display courtesy of the Free Men of the Blean – a re-enactment society which will give demonstrations throughout the day.2014 image - LR

Budding young squires can learn some sword fighting skills at the Knights School, and youngsters of all ages (and parents!) are being encouraged to turn up in medieval fancy dress.

Visitors can also learn more about the Chaucer in Canterbury Sculpture Project and meet sculptor Sam Holland on the Canterbury Commemoration Society stand.

“Our Medieval Fun Day is a great experience, both for visitors to The Canterbury Tales and passers-by,” says Lyndsay Ridley, the attraction’s general manager. “We want as many people as possible to get into the spirit of the day by dressing up in medieval costume – although it’s not compulsory, of course. Entrance to the churchyard is free and there are plenty of hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy.”

The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining day out for the whole family. Having welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, The Canterbury Tales remains one of Kent’s ‘must see’ attractions. Visit www.canterburytales.org.uk for more information.

Admission prices for the attraction are £8.75 adults, £6.75 children (aged 5-15), and £7.75 concessions. At certain times of year and for certain events, rates may vary. The Canterbury Tales is operated by Continuum Leading Attractions, who manage a host of visitor attractions around the country and most recently launched Coronation Street: The Tour in Manchester.

*A small charge may apply for some activities.

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