The invitation comes by royal appointment and with a certain olde worlde charm.

There are still a few tickets available for Saturday night's Medieval Feast, which promises a trip back to a time of knights and ladies, flagons and, possibly, roasting pigs.

The king and queen, Nicky Van der Bergh and Karen Lithgow, are already suitably costumed and looking for a full house at the event, which is a fundraiser for Jigsaw Whanganui.

The evening includes a five-course authentic medieval meal, prepared by three of Whanganui's leading chefs, two complimentary drinks served in bespoke medieval drinking vessels and entertainment of the bygone age, including medieval dancing.

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There will also be a charity auction of a variety of items donated by local businesses, with more than 30 Whanganui firms giving support and donations.

"We are grateful to local businesses that have made generous donations," said Jigsaw Whanganui executive officer Tim Metcalfe.

"The evening will offer lots of fun and good company without breaking the bank. We want it to be as families are when they're having fun and enjoying each other's company."

Mr Metcalfe said the event was particularly important as a fundraiser for Jigsaw's work which is around strengthening and supporting families and which covers a range of issues from parenting programmes to crisis assistance.

"As we look to the future, we see the needs of families becoming more and more complex and the resourcing of work like this is becoming more and more challenging," Mr Metcalfe said.

Tickets for the Medieval Feast, which is at the Wanganui Dart League Hall on Heads Rd, cost $80 and are available from Jigsaw Whanganui at 236 Victoria Ave or online at www.jigsawwhanganui.org.nz. Sales close at 3pm tomorrow, September 15. The event is an 18 years and over affair.