Viking soldiers from Blodurn Englar perform in Bury's Abbey Gardens
Visitors to the Abbey Gardens were in for a surprise on Saturday when 22 Viking soldiers started battling it out like it was 900AD.
Needham Market-based group Blodurn Englar impressed crowds at a Bury St Edmunds open day with their full-frontal historic combat.
The group does not re-enact battle, as members instead don chain mail and fight in groups or solo to defeat opponents using ninth and tenth century-style weapons and methods.
Blodurn Englar is seeking to attract new members into what is a growing sport across the UK.
Organiser Craig Greenwood said: “It went really well and we had quite a crowd. It was a pretty good response and a fun day. Three or four people said they would be interested in coming to our training sessions.”
The full-contact sport is not for the faint hearted and requires training for anyone to participate.
Mr Greenwood said: “We have had a lot of interest on our Facebook page since Saturday, it’s not the kind of thing people are used to seeing. We hope to hold another in the summer.”