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News: Contest, Live like a Viking

School kids in the UK can win a chance to live like a Viking.



Win a chance to live like a Viking
Apr 15 2008 by Janet Tansley
Source: Liverpool Echo

EVER wondered what it was like to live like a Roman-Celt or a Viking? Defend your village on the battlefield? Or have a go at horn–blowing, cooking on a camp fire, weaving and felt-making?

Well you will soon get to experience all this and more when Martin Mere launches its newest attraction this month: Mere Tun, a traditional roundhouse village.

Over the forthcoming weeks, school groups from all over Merseyside and Lancashire will invade Martin Mere in Fish Lane, Burscough, to take part in Living History Days for an outdoor interactive day. They will leave behind everything modern and experience life as a Viking or Roman-Celt and learn traditional skills as well as find out about the history of the mere.

There are four roundhouses in the village along with a camp fire, water and wood storage areas and an area to keep sheep. All of the elements in the village have been built using natural materials found on site including timber, clay, mud, cow manure and thatch.

Centre Manager, Andy Wooldridge, says: “This village is a great new attraction for the Centre. The mere was once one the largest lake in England and legend surrounds it as the place where Excalibur was ultimately thrown.

“This attraction will focus on the history of Martin Mere and how dwellers would have lived around the Mere, while offering visitors and school groups a unique experience.”

The village will be launched for visitors at Martin Mere on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 at the craft and hobby show, when you can have a go at making potions, pottery, floral decorations or felt as well as learning how to defend the village in weapons training and listening to an interactive talk about how the roundhouses have been built.

There is also a chance to watch demonstrations including chainsaw art, making stained glass windows and willow-weaving, drive a model train, walk around a vintage car display and buy local crafts.

Normal admission charges apply for the event and some activities may involve an additional small charge.

But Time Off has got five family passes to give away.

Just name two materials used in the building of a traditional roundhouse village.

Answers on a postcard, together with your name, address and daytime telephone number, to: Time Off/Martin Mere Competition, C/O Janet Tansley, Liverpool Echo, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB.

The first five correct entries out of the hat will win.

Usual ECHO competition rules apply.


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