THE grounds of Corfe Castle will be transformed into a medieval village later this month.

Visitors will have the chance to glimpse back in time to the 12th century, when the castle was on the front line in a bitter civil war which became known as The Anarchy.

Open from 10am-5pm daily, the village will include a number of events including a Medieval Knight Academy, crossbow lessons and 12th century board games.

A National Trust spokesman explained: "The death of King Henry I in 1135 was followed by nearly two decades years of strife as his daughter, the Empress Matilda, and his nephew, Stephen of Blois, fought for control of England and Normandy.

"Corfe Castle was held by one of Matilda’s supporters and was besieged by Stephen before threats elsewhere forced him to break off the attack.

"So complete was the breakdown of law and order in this period it was known as The Anarchy."

The Medieval Village will be in place at the castle form July 24 up until August 19.