Tower hosts a medieval festive celebration

Court jesters, fools and regal festivities take centre stage at the Tower of London this week.

The historic palace which attracts two million visitors a year is hosting a medieval Christmas celebration which starts on Bank Holiday Monday December 27.

Visitors will be taken back in time to the days of King Edward I who reigned from 1272 to 1307 as his family gather around him at The Tower for their seasonal celebrations.

Guests will be able to join in the music, dancing and general merrymaking as his second wife, the new Queen Margaret tries to keep her husband’s mind off the looming wars in Scotland and his equally stormy relationship with his son Edward, the first English Prince of Wales.

The event runs between 11.30am and 4pm inside the medieval palace from Monday until Friday.

The skating rink in the moat is open until January 9 2011 for visitors who want to work off some Christmas pudding.

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