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When: Sunday, 20th August, 2017

Time: 12:30pm

Where: Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Admission Cost: Free

Theme: Vikings (and Celts)

Who is it for: Families, groups, Viking fans, foodies, craft-lovers, history buffs… everybody!

About the Festival

Kildare Town in one of the oldest urban centres in Ireland. It was established in 480AD by St. Brigid who built a wooden church by an Oak Tree, “Cill Dara – Church of the Oak”, on the site where St. Brigid’s Cathedral now sits.

To celebrate our heritage and honestly, to have some fun, the one day annual event, the Kildare Town Medieval Festival began in 2015. The Festival is our contribution to National Heritage Week and we are supported by the National Walled Towns Network along with Kildare County Council and our sponsors.

Festival 2017

This year’s theme, The Vikings, is very relevant to Kildare as we have been invaded a total 15 times by Vikings and the 16th invasion will happen on August 20th this year!

Déise Medieval reenactors will be on site for the Festival so you can truly experience how Vikings lived over 1,000 years ago. You can try your hand at archery, check out the falconer’s display or maybe learn how to ribbon dance while you browse around this years Medieval Festival!

The Medieval Food & Craft Village is back of course. Visit here if you fancy a hog burger or some Brigid’s Ale while watching craft experts demonstrate how to weave wool or herbal remedies from years gone by.

There will be plenty of family fun too with Billy Bubbles (RDS & Bloom resident magician/puppeteer) performing throughout the day  As other years, we will have workshops for kids & adults. Why not learn how to work clay, textiles or willow into your very own medieval design?

This year’s Best Dressed Competition will win the most creative costume family passes to The Irish National Stud, Russborough House or maybe a nice family meal in the Kildare House Hotel so remember to come in your glad-rags!

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2017 Kildare Town Medieval Festival

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