A POPULAR medieval fayre is set to return this month.

Over the weekend of April 23 and 24, Glastonbury Abbey will be transformed into a medieval village.

There will be ruins that form the background for markets, living history displays and medieval demonstrations.

This year, there will be more than 200 re-enactors, and opportunities for visitors to try out archery, axe-throwing and more.

As well as this, visitors will be able to watch fire eating, jousting, Viking battles and enjoy medieval music.

Tolly Snell, Glastonbury Abbey’s deputy commercial activity manager, said this year's fayre is 'bigger than ever'.

“There is going to be so much to see and do over that April weekend," he said.

"We cannot wait to bring this exciting event back to the abbey’s historic grounds in what has now become such a popular date in Glastonbury’s calendar.

“The event isn’t just about the drama and battles, we also have a fascinating market and a host of activities and demonstrations to keep all the family entertained.

"We have organised the weekend so that day visitors get the best out of their visit, but if you’d like to enjoy it at a more leisurely pace then a weekend ticket will give you the opportunity to explore more of what Glastonbury has to offer.”

Proceeds from the fayre will go towards the Abbey's charitable activities.

The fayre opens between 10am and 5pm on both days. Tickets start from just £7 for a day ticket and £10.50 for a weekend ticket.

The event also offers a free carer’s ticket, and children under five years old are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

To buy tickets visit www.glastonburyabbey.com.

Glastonbury Abbey’s Member Plus supporters get free entry to the fayre alongside a range of other events throughout the year, as well as free, all-year-round access, two complimentary day visits for family members to the full 36-acre grounds and up to 15 per cent discount in the abbey shop and cafe.

To become a Member Plus, which costs around £1 per week, visit the abbey’s website.