The fairy tale setting of Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex plays host to over 15,000 visitors everyBank Holiday weekend who come to enjoy the wonderful sights, sounds and spectacle of England’s Medieval Festival. Celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2017, this hugely popular annual event is the most authentic of its kind in the UK and an unforgettable way to discover the magic of history.
From the moment of arrival, visitors stepped back in time and enjoyed an array of dazzling demonstrations – from realistic battle re-enactments, thrilling jousting by the Knights of Camelot and Grand Parades to highly-skilled displays of falconry, music, dance and even a hilarious ‘Mud Show’. There's plenty of opportunity to join in the fun too, with Have-a-go Jousting, Archery, Sword School, Drum School plus workshops for all ages, including chainmail, calligraphy, wood-weaving, blacksmith-forging and crafts.
Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses delighted the kids, while the Living History Village offers the chance to see what it would really have been like to have lived in the Middle Ages.
With so much to see and do, many guests opted for camping and glamping in the castle grounds and are able to enjoy a packed line-up of sparkling evening entertainment, including live music, an outdoor cinema and a torch-lit parade.
Step back in time and immerse yourself in this magic and mystery of days gone by.
To see this year's full lineup, please use the link below