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England's Medieval Festival

England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

The fairy tale setting of Herstmonceux Castle will play host to over 15,000 visitors this August Bank Holiday weekend that will immerse themselves in the wonderful sights, sounds and spectacle of England's Medieval Festival.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this hugely popular annual event is the most authentic of its kind in the UK, and an unforgettable way to discover the magic of history.

Step back in time and enjoy an array of dazzling demonstrations, realistic battle re-enactments, thrilling jousting by the Knights of Camelot, magnificent grand parades, highly-skilled displays of falconry, music, dance and even a hilarious Mud Show.  There's plenty of opportunity to join the fun too- with have-a-go jousting, archery and axe throwing, sword school; drum school; Robin Hood forest adventures, plus workshops for all ages, including chainmail, calligraphy, wood-weaving, blacksmith-forging and many other traditional arts and crafts.  You may even discover a hidden witches circle if you're lucky!

Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses delight the kids; while the living history village offers the chance to see what it would really have been like to live in the Middle Ages.

Some exciting additions for 2017 will see the wood-fired luxury spa arrive to a private corner of the festival, while the castle moat introduces the Coracle Society who will take to the water in a fun medieval style.

The festival hosts several weddings, blessings and traditional hand-fasting celebrations over the weekend, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary, there’s a chance for any couple also celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary to attend for FREE!!

Traditional musicians join a music line-up of foot-stomping folk bands:

  • Noble Jacks
  • Boondock (BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Nominees)
  • Granny's Attic
  • Green Diesel
  • Bring Back the Wolk
  • Perkelt
  • Georgia Lewis & Friends partner the fnest English Folk tones with the Rowan Piggott and Chloe Leigh Trio

All of this during August Bank Holiday:  26, 27 and 28 August 2017 - Open daily, 10am - 6pm (rain or shine)

Tickets can be purchased from England's Medieval Festival


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