Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex
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Family day tickets from £46 / Family weekend
tickets from £230
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
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
I am involved with Flora, The Singleton
Facebook) so if you do go along, please say HI to her and me.
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
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:
– twice daily full armour shows
entertainment – traditional, folk and everything in between
grand parades, battles and an evening torch lit procession
Minstrels, magicians and mystery
Jesters, jugglers and birds
Flora, The Singleton Giant
Stages with daily theatre, music, dance, storytelling & more
in the Mud. The Mud Brothers return for more hilarious and messy fun!
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
of traditional craftsmen and traders
Outdoor evening cinema, fire shows and a unique wooden ferris wheel
range of craft ales, ciders & mead at the Buxom Wench & Jester Taverns
traditional food - savour hogs roasting over open coals
banquet in the castle
surroundings in the beautiful castle gardens and grounds.
Wench Stage evening line-up for those camping, glamping and B&B guests:
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
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
are set to raise the roof with their warm electro-acoustic interactions
fused together with upbeat folky rhythms.
evening kicks off with the enchanting, gentle medieval tunes from Perdix.
Joining us for their first year at the festival,
will bring foot stomping celtic-medieval speed folk tunes – it gets
the festival, our house band
will bring the tent down with their distinct sound led by Lord & Lady
Watch the highlights
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:
of my year! Wouldn't miss it for the world.’
castle and setting. Just the place for a fine medieval festival. Just
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’
were lovely! Lots of activities happening, and so many traders with
beautiful handmade objects. The Jousting was simply AMAZING. A pure
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!’