Swords drawn at Orara

MONDAY'S 30th Orara Valley Country Fair will be a day for knights as well as country and city folk.

Medieval Guilds Inc is building a traditional medieval village at the Fair and will be demonstrating sword fighting and sword flourishing with one- and two-handed blade action.

They will also be offering foam sword fighting, where young knights and pages can don chain mail, sword and shield and pretend they are jousting with a knight of the realm in the days of chivalry.

For those interested in the gentler pursuits of the Middle Ages, there will be demonstrations of authentic cooking, costumes and crafts.

The Guilds are also keen to recruit new members, who can pursue their interests in any aspect of life in medieval times, from costumes, calligraphy and cooking to weapons, jousting and broadsword fighting.

The Fair will also host demonstrations of blacksmithing and woodturning in addition to its packed program of entertainment and activities.

The Orara Valley Fair will be held at the Upper Orara Recreation Reserve from 10am to 4pm on Monday.

Admission is $5 adults, $2 children.

Dogs not permitted on the Reserve.

There is ample free parking and a free return Beaumont's bus leaves Park Avenue at 10am and leaves the Fair at 3.30pm.

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