Essex days out: Go back in time with the National Trust

EVER wanted to discover what life was like at Hatfield Forest during medieval times?

Well travel back in time this summer by paying a visit to the National Trust-owned property to see the Meagre Middle Ages.

A re-enactment group called the Company of St Josephs will recreate life in the forest so that the public can wander through a tented village and witness demonstrations throughout the day.

The event takes place on July 31 and August 1 from 10am to 5pm.

Elsewhere, Wimpole Hall, near Royston, will be putting on a similar show, but a little more up to date.

War torn 1940s England will come to life to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Join the Home Guard on drills, see the land girls at work on the farm, and watch out for the Spiv.

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There will be displays throughout the day and keep an eye out overhead for our brave boys in the sky.

Hear the music and taste the food of the period or browse the trade stalls with lots of 40s knick-knacks to buy.

This event takes place on September 25 and 26 from 10.30am to 5pm.

To find out more about any of the National Trust’s events, visit the website