VISITORS to a Somerset venue will be taken back in time over the August Bank Holiday.

Medieval combat specialists The Bowlore Medieval troupe will set up camp at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, across Sunday and Monday (August 30 and 31), promising a thrilling day out for all the family.

A Bite-Sized Bowlore attraction will be operated due to coronavirus restrictions, with pre-booked visits only via

They will include:

  • Archery, mark-draw-loose and armour piercing, hunting arrows, longbow vs crossbow.
  • Weapons: Quarterstaff & Spear, Dagger work, Percussion weapons (mace, morning star & warhammer), Sword & Buckler, Falchion & Langmesser, Longswords , Shield-wall, Pollaxes, Halbards, Dane axes.

"All of the above will include either demonstrations and/or choreographed combat, and cutting with a sharp version," said an event spokesperson.

"In the Weapons and Armour tent (“The Black Dog”) there will be displays of blunt weapons, chain-mail, helmets and shields.

"Members of the Bowlore troupe will be giving interactive Q & A sessions and will also run private sword-fighting lessons at intervals throughout the day.

"Medieval camp life will be visible to the public at all times."

The day will be split into two halves, with all the activities being repeated and all visitors, including Palace Members, must book in advance on the Palace website for either the morning (10.15am - 1.15pm) or afternoon (1.45pm - 4.45pm) session.