England's Medieval Festival
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Nearest Station: Rail to Polegate Station, with direct Shuttle Bus to the Castle. Bus departs every half hour from 9:30am each way
England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle near Hailsham in East Sussex, celebrates its nineteenth spectacular year! The event has become an August Bank Holiday favourite for families, with visitors from across England and Europe. With more performers, artists and attractions than ever before this unique mix of entertainment and hospitality is set to entice a record number of visitors.
A spectacular medieval artillery display and a grand parade featuring knights, ladies, mounted horses and performers all clad in authentic regalia will mark the opening of three days of medieval fun and games.
The walls of the fairy-tale 15th century moated castle and battle field come under siege from the massed forces of opposing armies. Hear the crash of broadswords on heavy armour; the rallying call of battle cries as the troops are martialled into position and the eerie hiss of volley after volley of arrows overhead; experience the smell of black powder from salvo after salvo of cannon fire. Witness the incredible sight of the siege engine as it hurls its deadly load toward the castle defenders. Sieges are mounted twice daily at 11am at the front of the castle and 3pm on the battlefield.
And when the fighting is over? Europe’s finest bowmen gather to compete in the longbow and crossbow competitions. Or try it yourself: enter the have-a-go archery, with expert instruction from our archers.
Within the royal arena experience displays of the art of falconry and learn a thing or two about this ancient craft whilst mounted squires demonstrate their noble skills in a contest for supremacy; pick your champion! And cheer him to victory!
Living history encampments and Europe’s largest medieval traders’ market offer a rare glimpse into the everyday life and time of the fifteenth century. Craftsmen and traders display their wares and skills from both a bygone age and modern day with craft areas offering beautiful hand crafted goods for the discerning shopper.