THOUSANDS of revellers were transported back in time at the return of one of Colchester’s most unique events.

Colchester Medieval Festival returned to the town’s Castle Park over the weekend, bringing visitors to the town from across the UK and further afield.

Now known as one of the biggest and best events of its kind in the country, acts came over from as far as Eastern Europe to perform.

Children had the chance to enjoy traditional storytelling and puppet shows.

Knights battled it out in front of the crowds and the ever-popular archery competition returned.

There were also food, drink and craft stalls for people to enjoy, including the much-loved Pikestaff Inn where adults couple enjoy a traditional tipple.

The famous Colchester Cordial, as well as Knock Off Ale and Wild Boar, two ales brewed specially by Colchester Brewery, were available.

Organiser Don Quinn said: “It has been amazing, there have been a lot of people come along and everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves.

“We have had some wonderful acts and there has been loads for people to see.

“Some of it is very unique and we don’t think there is any other event like it in Britain.

“We are very happy with how well it has gone, particularly as it nearly didn’t happen because of the mix up with the bookings.”

The event had been set to take place earlier in June, but had to be delayed due to Colchester Events Company booking Craig David to perform at the same time.

Mr Quinn continued: “People have said it is one of the best ones they have been to ever which is nice to hear, particularly when we had to put double the effort in this year.

“It is difficult to say how many people we’ve had visit, but we had 5,000 programmes printed and most of them went on Saturday. It must be at least 5,000 people.

“We are already planning next year which is the best way to do it. A huge amount of work goes into it.

“There will be new acts coming next year and every year so it will be fresh. Next up we have the food and drink festival in a couple of weeks.”