Huntingdon Festival

Just like everywhere I’ve traveled the Brits like festivals and they either make up a reason or reach back in history.  While I was in Huntingdon they hosted a couple of festivals, this one had a historical feel to it with the people all dressed up in some type of period costume from their past.  Here you can see people gathered around to watch I believe a joust and some period actors recreating activities from their past.  They also had some vendors dressed in period clothing making food from their past and selling it. Of course I tried some of it and believe they did a tremendous job.  The spices weren’t as prevalent as we have today or at least in the states but nevertheless, it was good.

Huntingdon River Festival

Huntingdon River Festival

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The festival was located adjacent to the river, the day was sunny and there were plenty of activities for all ages.  I saw a few performers acting out scenes from the past like a trial, dancing, jousting , and weapons demonstrations.  Some of these pictures give you a feel for the area the festival covered.  It was a park or parade ground that ran along the eastern part of the city.

huntingdon river festival

huntingdon river festival

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I
 quite enjoyed myself, talking to the exhibitors, sampling the food and watching the locals provide some very entertaining activities designed to recreate the past.

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