Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Step back in Thornaby's past

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


IF you would like to know what life was like in 12th Century Thornaby then 'step back in time' and join in the medieval merriment at a free historic event being held on the village green.

Stockton Council's museum's service and countryside rangers have joined forces with Tees Archaeology to host the event on Sunday, 22 August from 1-4pm, which will transport you to back to the Middle Ages.

Historical re-enactment group, The Threads of Time, will bring Thornaby Green to life in their medieval costumes and will demonstrate ancient leatherwork and textile techniques.

Story sessions for the children will run at 1.30pm and 3pm and there will be a host of craft sessions to entertain the youngsters too. Adults wanting to be crafty can try a taster session in wood turning on a medieval lathe.

During the afternoon there will be access to St Peter ad Vincula, the 12th Century church. For keen local historians wanting to learn more about the area join in on one of the guided walks around the remains of a 12th Century windmill, the church, the humps and hollows of the medieval village green. Meet the guide at the front of the marquee at 1.30pm or 3pm.

And after you have learnt all about Thornaby's medieval past there will be time for some modern refreshments with teas, coffees and cakes on offer inside the church.

Councillor Mary Womphrey, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Come along to Thornaby Village Green on Sunday to learn about the town's medieval past and enjoy a historic afternoon out. With so much on offer to bring the Middle Ages back to life there will be something to entertain the whole family."

There is no parking for this event so anyone wishing to attend should arrive by foot or use public transport.

Step back in time is just one of the exciting events on offer throughout the year organised and hosted by Stockton Council. Find out about forthcoming events at www.stockton.gov.uk/events

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