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Traquair fayre set to get it knight

Falconry displays and Deerhounds will feature at Traquair on Saturday and Sunday

Falconry displays and Deerhounds will feature at Traquair on Saturday and Sunday

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair, near Innerleithen, hosts its annual medieval extravaganza this weekend.

A tournament, the medieval Olympics of its day, with teams of knights engaging in combat displays and chivalrous competitions, will headline the 10th Traquair Medieval Fayre.

Jedburgh-based Les Amis d’Onno will demonstrate jousting and other equestrian skills. And new this year there will be deerhound lure coursing staged by the Deerhound Society, with more than 20 dogs racing.

Other attractions include falconry displays with several falcons, owls and a raven on show; storytelling; the opportunity to try longbow archery; wandering minstrels and jester shows; sword and helmet-making workshops; and dressing up as mini-knights and damsels for children. And there will be medieval traders demonstrating green woodworking, a blacksmith’s forge, basket-making and other skills in the walled garden.

Lute player James Akers and countertenor James Laing will provide music, while a hog roast and Traquair Fayre Ale are set to further boost the ambience.

 

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