Go time travelling

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Lanarkshire is set to host the largest history and re-enactment festival ever held in Scotland over the weekend of August 17 and 18.

Scotland’s Festival of History takes place at Chatelherault, from 10am-4.30pm each day, in conjuction with South Lanarkshire Council and supporting Poppy Scotland.

Hundreds of costumed specialists from across Europe will transform the Grand Avenue of the 18th Century hunting lodge into a time warp with visitors transported back more than 2000 years.

The festival, now one of the UK’s leading historical events, takes visitors on a unique trip through history, from the days of the Iron Age Caledonians and Romans right through to the two world wars.

More than 100 historic tents house living history displays, while the grounds echo to the long forgotten sound of battle, from sword and spear to muskets and cannon.

Jesters and jugglers mingle with period musicians, dancers and singers, as visitors get a chance to try heritage crafts, or watch falconry displays.

Other features of the festival include an international longbow archery tournament for a silver arrow, arena displays, and a colourful medieval tented market selling everything from authentic costume and armour to period household items in wood and glass.

There is also a large exhibition area highlighting crafts, specialist gifts, food and drink, and much more.

Event director George Topp said: “Nowadays there is great interest in our history, and Scotland’s Festival of History allows the public to learn more about history in a spectacular, educational yet fun way.

“At Chatelherault visitors can meet their ancestors and learn about how they lived, what they wore, and much more that history books just don’t tell us.

“This will be a stunning and not to be forgotten step back into the past – with visitors being able to live, smell, taste and hear history as it happened.”