Make history at Alton Community Festival

More than eight centuries of British history will be celebrated at a Magna Carta-themed Alton Community Festival.

Held on Saturday 17 October, at Alton College, Old Odiham Road, the historic event promises lots of exciting things to do for all ages, while local sports, arts and community clubs will be offering taster sessions, information and advice.

Activities begin at noon with local school children performing alongside the Phoenix Theatre Company in the College’s Wessex Arts Theatre. The production is based on democracy and will celebrate the 800th anniversary of King John sealing the Magna Carta – the document which is central to British democracy and law as we know it today.

At 1.30pm the entertainments will fast forward two hundred years as the Four Marks Archery Club provide an Agincourt-themed demonstration to mark the 600th anniversary of the battle which has entered English folklore as one of our most famous victories. Following the demonstration the club will offer visitors the chance to loose off a few arrows too.

Local sports clubs will be running taster sessions in the Sports Hall from 1pm giving families the chance to join in and have a go. Live music, stalls and refreshments will be in the refectory during the afternoon.

There’s also the chance for children to have their say and win ToyShed vouchers – please ask on the day for an entry form.

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