EVER fancied having a go with a falchion, forest bill or black bill?

Never heard of them you will probably say, but next week the Yorkshire Medieval Festival will be turning its attention to early combat methods, with experts like Neil Tattersall on hand at the Guildhall to demonstrate how to wield things like stick and pole weapons.

You can even have a go at sword fighting and wrestling with Neil and the instructors from York's chapter of the Hotspur School of Defence, which is dedicated to promoting and teaching these art forms.

Daily medieval combat classes with Hotspur School of Defence will take place next Monday to Friday between 11am and 5pm at York Guildhall. Prices £7 Adult, £5 Concessions, £20 Family of 4, £25 Family of 5

Christopher Halpin-Durband will give a lecture: Lacerations and Perforations: The Physical Effects of Sharp Force Trauma on Monday evening at 6.30pm in the Mansion House

Another lecture: Hollywood & The Sword: Dispelling Popular Myths about Medieval Combat will be delivered on August 22, again 6.30pm in the Mansion House.

Tickets are £4 Adult, £3 Concessions for each event.