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Medieval Silk Route Festival

Date Published: 18 October 2017
Inside Oakham Castle

A unique festival celebrating the ancient trade routes that spanned Europe and Asia thousands of years ago comes to Oakham Castle on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October.

The two-day event complete with a cast of professional reenactors will bring to life the vibrant characters of the medieval silk route with stalls, demonstrations, craft workshops, ancient games and much more.

Visitors can learn about clothing, cookery, cartography and ancient medicine as they explore the various goods that travelled the trade lines. They will also be able to enjoy crafts such as Chinese porcelain decorating and necklace making. 

“Oakham Castle prides itself on bringing history to life so we’re delighted to be able to host such a unique family even. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about a period in our history that brings together lots of different cultures from all over the world, with lots to see, do and learn.” 
Councillor Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure 

The Silk Route demonstrated the very early signs of globalisation and highlights the benefits that strong trade links can provide for a country. 

To mark the event, pupils from Catmose Academy in Oakham have created Gonfalons, silk banners with wooden stands to support them, using traditional techniques including sewing, painting and carpentry.

“It’s very rare to see an event on this scale covering such an unusual subject matter and the re-enactment community is really excited to be taking part. There are people from groups from all over the country coming together for this so it looks like it’s going to be something really special.”
Silk Route Festival Reenactor

The Silk Route Festival takes place from 11.00am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday with a small entry fee of £1 per person. 

For more information, please visit the Oakham Castle website or call: 01572 757 578.

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