The heritage town of Enniscorthy is set for a Norman invasion this June bank holiday weekend, however, instead of battles there are storytelling sessions on the Enniscorthy Castle rooftop, Norman Shield Making, a Norman Living History Camp and Knights and Fairytales on offer as part of the annual Strawberry, Street Rhythms & Roots Festival 2019.
The Norman themed events are part of the year-long programme of events taking place in Wexford marking the 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans to Ireland onto the shores of Wexford.
During the June Bank Holiday weekend, visitors to the heritage town of Enniscorthy will have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of fun-filled Norman themed events for all the family.
To open the festival weekend on Friday evening Norman Knights in full attire will frequent the town and join the annual Strawberry Street Rhythm & Roots Festival opening parade at 7.30 pm from the Promenade to the All-Ireland Farmers Market.
On Saturday, guided ‘Little Norman Shield Making workshops’ will be on offer at 1 pm and 3 pm. Norman tales will be on offer on the castle rooftop where the sharing of legends from Norman times will be shared at 2 pm and at 4 pm.
Also, on Saturday, at the Norman Enniscorthy Castle a Norman living history camp is set to feature, as ‘Keeping Up with the Normans’ will take over the castle grounds.
Norman reenactors will showcase Norman weaponry and share insights to the Norman way of life at the free-living history camp from noon to 5 pm. The camp will then move to Abbey Square and will open from noon to 5 pm for visitors on Sunday.
Back at Enniscorthy Castle on Sunday, families can come and meet the characters from their favourite fairytale books featuring as Knights and Fairytales will be on offer at Enniscorthy Castle from 1 pm to 5 pm.
The Norman themed events all take place as part of the Strawberry, Street Rhythms & Roots Festival on the June Bank Holiday weekend, running from Friday to Sunday. It’s the 52nd year of the Strawberry Fair.
The streets will be buzzing with fairytale characters, colourful dancers, crafts and events in the town’s Castle on the Saturday and Sunday.
There will be roots music taking place in different venues throughout the town from lunch to late night along with live music and dancers on the main stage Saturday and Sunday. For further details on events see www.visitwerxford.ie/Norman850