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Castle Park Heritage Day to feature archery, axe throwing and falconry as well as tours of archaeological digs and display of discoveries




A heritage day to highlight the history of Castle Park in Bishop's Stortford will take place on Sunday September 12.

There will be tours of community excavation sites around the Waytemore Castle mound and a display of finds from 10am to 3pm.

The event is being run by Friends of Castle Park in partnership with L-P: Archaeology, which has added technical expertise to the exploration. Its team will be leading the tours, at 10.30am and 12.30pm. No booking is required.

Archaeology day at Castle Park (50531104)
Archaeology day at Castle Park (50531104)

The day also includes medieval-themed 'have a go' archery and axe throwing courtesy of On Targett Events, of Buckingham. These activities are free and available to anyone aged eight and over.

To top off this historical themed event, there will be a falconry display from Cambridge-based CJ's Birds of Prey, with the opportunity to see their amazing avians in full flight. A spokeswoman said: “They'll answer any of your questions. Please note, dogs must be kept on the lead at all times for the safety of the birds.”

Castle Park’s Heritage Day, the last Friends of Castle Park event for 2021, is part of the Heritage Open Days campaign, England’s largest festival of history and culture, highlighting the wealth of heritage across the country and providing the opportunity for the public to visit historical sites. It runs from Friday September 10 to Sunday September 19.

Archaeology day at Castle Park (50531107)
Archaeology day at Castle Park (50531107)
Archaeologists and volunteers working in a test trench by the tennis courts in Castle Gardens. Picture: Vikki Lince (50531055)
Archaeologists and volunteers working in a test trench by the tennis courts in Castle Gardens. Picture: Vikki Lince (50531055)
Archaeologist Cara Pearce working on a test pit with volunteer Anne Brolly. Picture: Vikki Lince (50531094)
Archaeologist Cara Pearce working on a test pit with volunteer Anne Brolly. Picture: Vikki Lince (50531094)
Volunteer Claire Baldwin measuring out a test pit by the Waytemore Castle mound. Picture: Vikki Lince (50531052)
Volunteer Claire Baldwin measuring out a test pit by the Waytemore Castle mound. Picture: Vikki Lince (50531052)


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