Herstmonceux Medieval Festival 2009
(photo by Steph Burton)
The Festival is the biggest in the UK and exhibits this year will include Falconry displays, Jousting and Skill At Arms competitions, Re-enactment Armies in a Battle Siege, Archery competitions, fascinating Living History encampments, fools and storytellers, bards and musicians, fabulous costumes and an overwhelming array of stallholders. Plus there are special events and attractions intended for children so they can learn and have fun at the same time.
Many of the festival participants will be dressed up and visitors are encouraged to wear costumes too. I remember several stalls with gorgeous velvet dresses and capes for sale and also some selling various pieces of armour. There will be authentic (and not-so authentic) food and drinks. Mead is delicious on a hot day!
Plus, if it all gets a bit too much, don't miss the chance for a peaceful wander around the beautiful Castle gardens.
Herstmonceux Castle, Sat 24th to Mon 26th Aug, 10:00-18:00.
Tickets various price combinations, available through their website with a significant discount for buying online. Also available on the door.