Discover the magic of history and celebrate the past on 24th - 27th
August 2018 at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex The fairy tale setting of Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex plays host
to over 15,000 visitors every August Bank Holiday weekend who immerse
themselves in the wonderful sights, sounds and spectacle of England’s
Medieval Festival. This hugely popular annual event is the most authentic of
its kind in the UK, and an unforgettable, magical weekend experience! Day visitor tickets and weekend camping packages available.
the moment of arrival, visitors step back in time and enjoy an array of
dazzling demonstrations, realistic battle re-enactments, thrilling jousting,
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; the Robin Hood Forest adventure area, Princess & Warrior School,
plus workshops for all ages, including chainmail, calligraphy, brass
rubbing, arrow making, 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.
Traditional musicians join a music line-up of foot-stomping folk bands who
party day and night like it’s ‘1499’ at the Buxom Wench Tavern. The 26th
anniversary festival welcomes back local lads Noble Jacks and festival
favourites, the speed folk masters Perkelt.
New for 2018 are the beautifully talented Wild Roses with their
multi-instrumental tones, and returning after a five-year absence are Rough
Musicke. Their pre 15th century lively medieval music is played on
reproduction instruments and combines music traditions and raucous
percussion. Real ale, traditional mead and medieval eats are available
alongside delicious cuisine for all the family. Thundering drum groups Stix
and The Pentacle Drummers return to the show and kids of all ages adore the
moonlit cinema showing medieval themed classics in the evening.
The 2017 event welcomed several new additions which have now become regular fixtures. The
wood-fired luxury spa will be back in a private corner of the festival and
the Coracle Society will return to the castle moat. Evening drumming around
the community campfire will welcome folk from across the festival and in the
woods the Witches Circle will be telling mysterious tales of old.
Stay at the Show in your Tent, Caravan or Motorhome, try Medieval Glamping or B&B
With so much to see and do, many guests opt for camping and medieval
glamping, or even the onsite B&B in the magnificent castle grounds. Weekend
guests enjoy a sparkling array of evening entertainment, including live
music, outdoor cinema, storytelling, medieval stargazing and a magical
torch-light parade each night.
The camping package is an all-in-one ticket
allowing you to camp from the 24th to 28th Aug and enjoy the festival on all three days, from the 25th to 27th August.
Four nights camping
Festival entry all weekend
Toilets and Showers
You can find out more about the camping and glamping options and prices, and book your tickets on their website
Day Visitor Tickets
Day tickets, and a limited number of tickets to the splendid Medieval Banquet in the castle grand ballroom or the ‘feast of fools’ in the castle grounds are also available. Day Tickets allow access to the festival grounds from 10am to 6pm
daily (rain or shine). For the evening medieval banquet or entertainment on Sat 25 Aug or Sun 26 Aug 2018 purchase an Evening Ticket.
For more information and to book please visit their website
Win a Family Weekend Camping Ticket to England's Medieval Festival!