Medieval characters and knights on horseback will once again take their place on the streets of Canterbury this weekend as the city’s Medieval Pageant and Trail returns for its seventh year.

Canterbury Christ Church University is excited to announce its support for the pageant as sponsor, as well as being part of the fun family trail, hosting a medieval encampment, shield making classes and a dragon hunt on its North Holmes Road Campus

The festivities start on Saturday morning with a colourful parade where historical characters, knights, medieval musicians and giants will process through the city centre.

Throughout the day there are family activities across the city, including a family trail to follow. Over 15 venues around the city, including the Westgate Towers, the Beaney, St Augustine’s Abbey and Canterbury Christ Church University’s campus, will welcome visitors and offer a glimpse of what life was like for pilgrims in the medieval city.

On the University’s North Holmes Road Campus those following the trail will encounter a medieval encampment where visitors can experience daily medieval life, including trades, textiles and food preparation. As well as learning about crime and punishment and how to defend yourself in medieval times both on the streets and on the battlefield with knights’ combat, armoury, and weapon displays.

There will also be the opportunity to make your own heraldic shield and find the dragon lurking in the nearby University gardens.

Dr Lynnette Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to sponsor this year’s Medieval Pageant and support the family trail with living history exhibits and activities on our Canterbury Campus.

“Canterbury has a rich, diverse and vibrant history which has helped to make it the cosmopolitan city that it is today. Its influence and importance grew throughout the Middle Ages due to its place as one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites, following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket and his recognition as a saint in the late 12th century. The work of the University’s academic staff and students, and our Centre for Kent History and Heritage, is helping to provide a greater understanding of the city’s wonderful past and the significant role it has played in our national history.

“We are excited to welcome visitors onto our campus to experience medieval life, just beware of the dragon!”

The Medieval Pageant and Family Trail is organised by Canterbury Business Improvement District. For more information on the day and activities visit: Medieval Pageant and Trail 2022 - Canterbury Bid .