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COSTUMED CHARACTERS TAKE THE LEAD IN PRESENTING CHAUCER’S
THE CANTERBURY TALES
Medieval costumed characters will make a return pilgrimage to present five of Chaucer’s Tales at Canterbury’s famous attraction during the schools’ half-term next month (May).
The larger-than-life performers proved so popular when they were introduced as part of the award-winning attraction’s 25th anniversary celebrations last summer that they have been asked to deliver all the Tales in the popular attraction for a limited time only. Setting aside the normal audio handsets, the actors will immerse guests into a live theatre experience from 24 May until 1 June.
The merry band of colourful characters will greet, entertain and amuse visitors taking them on the pilgrims’ journey from The Tabard Inn in London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.
The costumed guides will ensure plenty of fun and audience participation on a journey which brings to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery. Youngsters also have the chance to dress up in medieval costumes to make their visit even more memorable.
General manager Lyndsay Ridley said: “We had so much positive feedback from visitors after introducing the costumed characters last year that, as a special treat, we have asked our actors to present the whole attraction for the last two hours of each day in half term.
“This will be a fantastic opportunity for local families and tourists alike to experience our unique attraction in a new and exciting way.”
The special performances will be available 3pm to 5pm between 24 May and 1 June. Groups of guests will begin their pilgrimage approximately every 15 minutes. Each tour takes up to 15 guests and people are urged to book their visit as soon as possible.
The Canterbury Tales provides a great introduction to the historic cathedral city and its famous literary connection as well as being a hugely entertaining and enjoyable 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.
The Canterbury Tales represents an accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church. It gives visitors the opportunity to experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times.
Standard admission prices apply – adults £8.75, children £6.75 (aged five to 15), senior citizens £7.75, students (with proof of identity) £7.75. A family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £26.95. To book tickets or for more details call 01227 454888 or visit www.canterburytales.org.uk
For more information about The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction call the information line on 01227 479227 or visit the website.