Days Out

England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle

Have you ever wanted to go back in time? Find out what life was really like in days of old? England’s Medieval Festival is in its 24th year and is the most authentic, one-of-a-kind event in the UK, with a very special blend of history and fun. It’s a unique chance to step back in time and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and spectacular magic of the past.

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Set amongst the stunning historical setting of Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, the three-day festival is held over the August bank holiday. Many of its regular visitors have been returning year after year and now bring their own children to share this memorable experience. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why grandparents, babies and even pet dogs enjoy a visit to England’s Medieval Festival. For those wishing to stay all weekend, there’s up to four nights camping, medieval glamping, or, more luxuriously, real beds in the onsite B&B all available.

As well as the amazing atmosphere, guests will encounter realistic historical battles, a grand parade, jousting, falconry, archery, shopping and traditional crafts like blacksmithing, calligraphy and woodland workshops. Relax to traditional and modern folk music, take in a theatrical performance, or perhaps enjoy some theatre in the mud. The Kids’ Kingdom will keep little ones busy with everything from jester school and magic shows to pony rides and shield making, while you savour traditional food and drink, and day-to-day life as it was in the past.

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For weekend guests, the evening starts with a torch-lit procession and an optional medieval banquet fit for a king. Children will love the fireside storytelling, medieval stargazing and the outdoor cinema, while music and dancing continues well into the night. Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses await you. Come for the day or stay all weekend!


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