Striking a penny for the Magna Carta 800 celebration weekend. Picture: Stewart Davidson.

A weekend of medieval-themed events will be held in King’s Lynn to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of King John’s Magna Carta.

The free events will be on June 13 and 14 and will include falconry displays, craft demonstrations, fire-breathing and historical re-enactments with a knights’ tournament.

The events will be held in the Tuesday Market Place from 10am to 4pm.

There will also be a family treasure trail as King John reputedly lost his treasure in The Wash. Maps will be available from Monday, June 1 at Lynn Museum, Custom House, town hall and West Norfolk Council office in Chapel Street.

They can also be downloaded from www.visitwestnorfolk.com. The treasure trail will run until June 14.

The weekend will include free entry to the town’s museum where there will be more information about King John’s links with the town.

Lynn was one of the places which minted King John pennies and people will be able to strike their own souvenir penny at the museum.

To mark the celebrations, West Norfolk Mayor, Colin Manning, teamed-up with council cabinet member, Elizabeth Nockolds, museum curator, Oliver Bone and Stories of Lynn education and engagement officer, Ruth Farnan, to strike a penny on Wednesday at the museum.

Mr Manning said it was a great way to mark the anniversary and an example of how people could take part in history projects.

There will also be an exhibition in the Custom House, a free quiz for children and a display about the King John Cup, sword and charter at the Chapel Street council office.

The events have been organised by the council, Norfolk Museum Service and the Stories of Lynn project, which opens next year.

The Magna Carta was sealed on June 15, 1215 and it laid the foundations for the country’s rights and responsibilities.