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27–29th August 2016 at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex

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Family day tickets from £46 / Family weekend tickets from £230

 ‘What an incredible experience. We felt like we really had gone back in time!’

Step back in time and immerse your family in the spectacular magic of the past. England’s Medieval Festival is the most authentic, one-of-a-kind event in the UK with a very special blend of history and fun for the whole family. From the moment you arrive you are surrounded by the sights, smells and excitement of medieval times. Realistic historical battles, jousting, performers, horses, archery, music, traditional crafts, eating, drinking, shopping and day-to-day life of the past.

Herstmonceux Castle is a fairy tale setting for a totally different family weekend. Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses await the kids. Guests can enjoy medieval glamping, standard camping in the castle grounds, or even a real bed in the onsite B&B. Or just come for the day.

With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why so many guests return year after year, and now bring their own children to share the magic. Grandparents, babies and even the pet dog are welcome!

This is a weekend after my own heart.  I have been myself to England's Medieval Festival for the last few years.  It is an awesome weekend of entertainment.  Being transported into another world.  Something to suit all members of the family.   I camp in the 'plastics' field which gives us plenty of space to set up our camp.  In the past we have gone as a group and have all been able to camp together.  Hearing the sounds of Armour clanking along is a very surreal thing but seems perfectly normal at an Herstmonceux.  The chance to camp (sorry "glamp") in a true medieval style is available too and from comments I have heard, people have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

Even wet weather doesn't dampen the spirits of the hardy folk who are passionate about their medieval lifestyle.  Walking through the living village this is most clear.  The children who have grown up this way are involved and add to the street scene.  

I am involved with Flora, The Singleton Giant (www.singletongiant.org.uk   Facebook) so if you do go along, please say HI to her and me.  (Yolanda) 

My children who are teenagers and beyond still enjoy coming to this event and love dressing up, speaking to people and learning about the variety of different skills people have. 

I wholeheartedly feel you and your family would enjoy a day out (or weekend)  at England's Medieval festival at Herstmonceux.  There is so much to see and do that no one will be disappointed.  Even if you just wanted a quiet walk through the gardens - that too is possible.  A beautiful setting to end the Summer Holidays and one the children will remember when they go back to school.

Just to add - I have a mobility issue and there is plenty that can be easily accessed.  Some areas can be a little trickier but still doable.   There is also a buggy that will help disabled guests get from the entrance to the main area. 

Highlights of the Weekend will include: 

 Jousting – twice daily full armour shows
 Musical entertainment – traditional, folk and everything in between
 Daily grand parades, battles and an evening torch lit procession
  Minstrels, magicians and mystery
Jesters, jugglers and birds of prey
Flora, The Singleton Giant

6 Stages with daily theatre, music, dance, storytelling & more
 Theatre in the Mud. The Mud Brothers return for more hilarious and messy fun!
 Kids’ Kingdom: drum, sword, circus and jester schools, archery, medieval bush craft,
pony rides, puppet theatre and shows, medieval skittles and crafts, campfire storytelling and star-gazing
-        Workshops: chain mail, iron work, wood weaving, calligraphy, brass rubbing, candle making, stone carving
 Hundreds of traditional craftsmen and traders
        Outdoor evening cinema, fire shows and a unique wooden ferris wheel
 Huge range of craft ales, ciders & mead at the Buxom Wench & Jester Taverns
 Excellent traditional food - savour hogs roasting over open coals
Medieval banquet in the castle
 Stunning surroundings in the beautiful castle gardens and grounds.


Buxom Wench Stage evening line-up for those camping, glamping and B&B guests:
 Friday will see local treasures the Gary Blakely Trio opening the evening entertainment with their lively folk sounds to get the weekend started. 

-        Saturday introduces the fabulous singer, songwriter Emma Stevens.  Famous for her chart success with ‘Riptide’, Emma is multi-instrumentalist who we can’t wait to welcome.

Winner of ‘The Future of Young Folk Award’, Georgia Lewis & Friends will bring both contemporary and traditional folk tunes to Saturday evening.  Full of character and raunch, they will make the hairs on your arms stand up and take note! 

-        Headlining this year’s festival with their rip-roaring alt-folk Nobel Jacks are set to raise the roof with their warm electro-acoustic interactions fused together with upbeat folky rhythms.

 Sunday evening kicks off with the enchanting, gentle medieval tunes from Perdix. 

-        Joining us for their first year at the festival, Perkelt will bring foot stomping celtic-medieval speed folk tunes – it gets really fast!

 Closing the festival, our house band Portcullis will bring the tent down with their distinct sound led by Lord & Lady Avallah! 

Watch the highlights here





England’s Medieval Festival is now in its 24th year and continues to provide an unforgettable family experience in a unique and authentic location. Read feedback from previous guests:

 ‘Highlight of my year! Wouldn't miss it for the world.’

 ‘Wonderful castle and setting. Just the place for a fine medieval festival. Just the best!’

 It was fantastic! 1st time but next year our family will camp. We felt like we’d really gone back in time. Everyone and everything was spot on. So much to see and do. Thanks for an incredible day’

 People were lovely! Lots of activities happening, and so many traders with beautiful handmade objects. The Jousting was simply AMAZING. A pure delight!’


 ‘What a brilliantly staged event. Really friendly people, loads to see. Only wish we had stayed for the weekend. Always next year.’


‘We had the best weekend. Excellent entertainment and shopping. And as for the evening entertainment when the event closed to the public - made our weekend!

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