A couple of weekends ago and a week after Jack and I had done our Knightly crafts, we went to see the in-laws. They live in Redditch in the West Midlands, which is only about half an hours drive from us. We therefore see them fairly regularly on weekends, and they often take the children out to one of the local parks or at least Grandad does – and only if they behave and eat their lunch which can be quite hit and miss!
Anyway on this particular weekend Jack was extra good at lunchtime and was treated with a trip down to the Forge Mill Museum and playground which is only round the corner from their house. Rachel had not been so good, so she stayed behind with Daddy and Grandma, whilst I joined Grandad and Jack.
As it turned out, that weekend Forge Mill were hosting a knightly weekend with loads of Knightly action.
We had to pay a minimal fee to get in and some of the craft activities incurred an extra cost.
By the entrance there was a tent where you could dress up as a Knight. Jack got dressed up in the smallest, lightest outfit and helmet and even got a sword to hold!
We then went inside the visitors centre where they were doing knightly crafts. They were remarkably similar to the ones we had done! Well they were the exact same helmets we had made -obviously they had used Yellow moon too! – but they also had a knight that you could make with little metal pins to hold the joints together. So as we had not done one of these at home, Jack and I set abouy decorating our very own knight.
After we had done this we had a walk around the knightly encampment. There were tents where they slept, tents where they were cooking, tents where they were making bowls and pots, knitting, sewing, making tools and weapons etc etc. To be honest, at the point we had arrived, they were beginning to wind down for the weekend but there was still plenty to look at.
We missed the mini jousting display but had a brief visit into the storytime area and heard the traditional music being played.
Finally after looking around the Knightly areas, we let Jack loose in their little playground, where he went in the sandpit, on the swings, and even played with the giant chess set (well moved some pieces around, i mean he obviously can’t play chess he’s only 3!)
We had a lovely time, but just as we set to leave for home the heavens opened and we had to run for shelter under one of their gazebos before walking back home again!
I believe Forge Mill often host little events like this, particulalry during school holidays, so we will definitely be heading there again, as it was a lovely, local (well to the in-laws) and cheap day out.