Young people visiting the North City Festival in Queens Park, Cheetham, on Saturday 5 July can sign up for knight school.
In this school with a difference, students will wield wooden swords and shields rather than pen and paper.
The knight school is being run by members of the Medieval World jousting team, who will also be putting on two jousting displays and foot fighting as the annual festival makes a spectacular return to the park.
Knight school students will find out what it takes to make a brave knight, including the traditions of chivalry, etiquette and honour, plus the art of safe combat. As well as using wooden swords and shields in role play situations, the young people will get the chance of holding replica shields used by the Medieval World team.
The medieval flavour will be enhanced by wandering minstrels, a chance to shoot arrows in supervised archery sessions, and birds of prey displays.
But the festival, organised by the Friends of Queens Park in partnership with Manchester City Council, will also be an opportunity for visitors to get involved in more modern entertainment.
They will be able to showcase their talents on the stage sponsored by The Manchester College, while BT is sponsoring a performance workshop run by the Greater Manchester Music Action Zone (GMMAZ), with festival-goers getting a chance to work with professional musicians.
The festival runs from noon to 4.30pm and other attractions include a Mad Hatters medieval hat workshop, henna and face painting, and a chance to get airborne on the giant bungee trampoline.
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Arts and Leisure, said: "This should be a terrific event, and I urge everyone to put this in their diary because there will be plenty of excitement and novelty on offer. It's not every day you get a chance to join knight school and see jousting. And if you've got singing, poetry or rapping talent, then the big stage could be your big chance."
The jousting displays will be at around 12.30pm and 3pm and last about 45 minutes each. The stage and workshop attractions start at 1.30pm.
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