VIDEO: Peterborough Heritage Festival hosts first jousting competition in British city since 1467

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Hundreds of re-enactors, traders, entertainers and community groups have descended on the Cathedral precincts and surrounding areas this weekend to bring the story of the city to life.

The Peterborough Heritage Festival is a chance to experience 3,500 years of history in the UK’s only city centre living history festival.

Jousting at the Peterborough Heritage Festival. Photo: DAL_3855

Jousting at the Peterborough Heritage Festival. Photo: DAL_3855

Held in the historic heart of the city and the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral precincts, this is the city centre’s most popular event, attracting over 30,000 people last year.

The centrepiece for the event is a specially constructed arena on the Cathedral Green in which a full blown medieval joust is being held twice daily, allowing visitors to experience all the excitement of a medieval tournament. The knights taking part in the joust come from across Europe, and are some of the best in the world.

The jousts continue tomorrow (Sunday) at noon and 2.30pm. Visitors are being advised that access to the Cathedral precincts may have to be limited around the time of the jousts for safety reasons should the crowds get too big.

Photographs by David Lowndes.