A MEDIEVAL-THEMED festival is set to take place in Barnsley this weekend – but organisers fear it may be the last due to rising costs.

Following on from the success of last year’s event – which saw thousands of locals flock to Monk Bretton Priory – the festival is set to return tomorrow and Sunday.

The festival will include knight battles, birds of prey, a puppet theatre and musicians.

It’ll be held at the priory between 11am and 4pm on each day.

Event organiser Victoria Agnew said: “Due to rising costs totalling up to nearly £6,000 including our event insurance, this could be our last Medieval Mayhem if we don’t collect enough donations on the gate to cover our overheads.

“We love this event and know you guys do too as 5,000 people attended over the two days last year. Our volunteers work extremely hard to fundraise at all our events to make them accessible for all.

“But due to rising costs and struggles with the weather over the last 12 months it has shown us that this particular event might be a victim of its own success.”

Donations are welcome on the day but they are voluntary.