A MEDIEVAL extravaganza will celebrate its 42nd year later this month with a street fate brimming with old-time music, tradition inspired-dancing and primitive activities.

The Medieval Fayre, which fittingly takes place in Witham’s beautiful and historic St Nicolas Church, will see more than 2,000 people embody the middle-ages, get a flavour of early modern Europe and experience civilisation’s cultural and artistic renaissance.

The time-travelling carnival, religiously held on the last Saturday in June every year, will feature entertainment from a cheeky band of Morris dancers, cheerleaders the Witham Twirlettes and civic musicians the Colchester Waits.

More inclusive and hands-on ways of engaging with the experience will also be on offer as guests can take on and challenge the hook-a-boat, pick-a-string or coconut shy.

A horde of stalls will also be selling off a range of fresh homemade cakes, organic plants, bric-a-brac, time-consuming jigsaw puzzles, clothes and much more, and artwork inspired by King Arthur from local school children will be displayed in the church.

The annual event first took place back in 1977 in a bid to fund the restoration work that was needed to rejuvenate the Grade I listed church and has since used its appeal and garnered presence within the local community to continue to raise money and encourage donations.

Fayre organiser Kerry Brothers said: “As always this year’s Mediaeval fayre promises to be a fun filled afternoon packed full of entertainment and stalls that will appeal to both the young and old.

“It is lovely to see the church and surrounding area so full of people enjoying themselves and there is always a great sense of community spirit.”

The Medieval Fayre will take place next Saturday June 29 from 2pm until 5pm.

Entrance prices are £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for concessions and all children accompanied by adults can attend for free.