SKIPTON Castle will be brought to medieval life over the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Over the bank holiday weekend, the Buckingham Retinue's re-enactment group will bring music and dancing to the castle and grounds, a play performance, and a variety of talks and displays.

The group will recreate the period in 1485 when England was celebrating the coronation of Henry VII following his victory over Richard III.

Lord and Lady Clifford, medieval inhabitants of the castle, will join three days of festivities to mark the event.

With Henry VII pledged to marry Elizabeth of York, re-uniting the houses of Lancaster and York, expectations were high that the reign would see the end of civil wars that had plagued the country for the previous 32 years.

The re-enactors castle household will take part in friendly competition throughout the weekend too, with archery contests and combat displays – and plenty of applause for the chosen champion.

Children will also have the opportunity to take part in ‘Knight School’, becoming squires for two champions, before cheering them on in a combat display.

The Buckingham Retinue will be at the castle from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5.

For details of times, visit the castle website at: