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HECKLE, hiss, boo and cheer while enjoying a feast of historical fun as Barnstaple Heritage Days return this Friday and Saturday. A series of events taking place at the Guildhall on Friday, then on the Strand and the Heritage Centre on Saturday, as part o
HECKLE, hiss, boo and cheer while enjoying a feast of historical fun as Barnstaple Heritage Days return this Friday and Saturday.A series of events taking place at the Guildhall on Friday, then on the Strand and the Heritage Centre on Saturday, as part of the North Devon Festival.Friday will see miscreants marched in chains to the Guildhall and their cases heard at the town's former courthouse as the popular Victorian mock trials return. Audience participation is greatly encouraged as a not-altogether impartial judge hears about an attempt to blow up the town's Albert Clock and the heinous crime of stealing the recipe for the fabled Barnstaple Fair Ale among others.The trials are free to watch and will run from 11am, with entry to the final play at 1.15pm.On Saturday, history is brought to life on The Stand, with re-enactments and demonstrations from 10am.Visitors will be able to learn more about medieval armour and those who wore it - by trying some on for themselves. Have a go at archery or visit the Tudor medicine display to learn about a variety of ailments and the best way to treat them.Barnstaple youth junk band ReCyc will be performing their new work River Taw from Moor to Shore at 11.30am and 2.30pm.Victorian lace makers and a variety of stalls will be set up along the Strand Colonnade."Now the Strand is pedestrianised it's a great area to stage events and we really want to bring it life," said Denise Teague of the Heritage Centre.For more information, telephone the Heritage Centre on (01271) 373003.