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Coracles at England's Medieval Festival
Saturday 26 August 2017 (All day) to Monday 28 August 2017 (All day)
Set at the stunning historical setting of Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England’s Medieval Festival is a three day immersive experience held over the August bank holiday. This hugely popular annual event is the largest and most authentic of its kind in the UK. It’s a chance to step back in time and discover the wonder of the past.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, this unique weekend festival offers a very special blend of history and fun for young and old and a chance for thousands of re-enactors and enthusiast to come together and salute the past.
Society members wishing to attend England’s Medieval Festival can use the following discount code to receive 10% off all Day and Weekend tickets: CORACLE10
As this is a medieval themed festival, we would ask/encourage Coracle Society members to dress is some sort of costume that would be appropriate for the Middle Ages, and we can provide suggestions on clothing options.
Many of the regular visitors at England’s Medieval Festival have been returning year after year to enjoy the castle battles 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 the pet dog enjoy their day. For those who wish to stay all weekend there are plenty of camping options, including medieval glamping and even an onsite B&B.
‘What an incredible experience. We felt like we really had gone back in time!’
As well as the amazing atmosphere and realistic historical battles you’ll find a grand parade, jousting, falconry, a medieval shopping market and an authentic living history village. There are plenty of traditional crafts people to chat to about their skills and trade. Find out about the history of archery and other battle skills or maybe take part in a workshop like blacksmith-forging, wood-weaving, calligraphy or chain mailing. Did you know, Medieval Archers usually fought bare-footed due to the poor grip of primitive shoes?
If you prefer to take it easy then you can grab a pint from the Buxom Wench Tavern and relax around one of the stages taking in some traditional and modern folk music or theatrical performance. Don’t forget to catch the hilarious Theatre in the Mud offering a tongue in cheek look at the messier side of the medieval world.
‘The children loved it. They didn’t want to leave so next year we’re staying all weekend’
Kids Kingdom is a world of medieval fun if you have little ones. Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses await. Children can take part in the workshops too. From Jester school and shield or wand making to magic shows, theatre and drum school. There is have-a-go archery for guests of all ages and older kids and adults can try their hand at Combat Archery (like paintballing but with blunt arrows!).
‘The Jousting was simply AMAZING. A pure delight!’
From the moment you arrive, you are hit with the array of dazzling demonstrations, realistic battle re-enactments, highly-skilled displays of falconry and thrilling jousting from the Knights of Camelot. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a warrior there is even have-a-go jousting, and axe, knife and spear throwing on offer.
‘What a brilliantly staged event. Really friendly people, loads to see. Only wish we had stayed for the weekend. Always next year.’
For all weekend guests, the evening starts with a torch-lit procession from the camp site and an optional medieval banquet fit for a king. Time to put pack the bow and arrows safely away and head to the tavern. Kids love the fireside storytelling and medieval stargazing, while music and dancing continues well in to the evening for the night owls.
Traditional musicians join a music line-up of foot-stomping folk bands who party day and night like its ‘1499’. The Buxom Wench Tavern is always popular, serving real ale, traditional mead and 21st century brews. While medieval eats are on the menu alongside delicious treats for all the family. Kids of all ages adore the moonlit cinema showing medieval themed classics under the incredible backdrop of the castle.
‘A magical venue for a truly unforgettable medieval wedding’
All festival guests can enjoy acres of parkland, lawns and formal period gardens containing hundreds of species of flowers and plants. You are free to wander through this authentic medieval world or discover the hidden court yard or woodland folly.
We look forward to seeing everyone. Huzzah!
England's Medieval Festival - www.englandsmedievalfestival.com
Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, Sussex