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Oh what a knight! Bank Holiday Fun At England’s Medieval Festival

Step back in time for three days of medieval fun at this fab family festival in East Sussex…

This bank holiday weekend sees the 24th England’s Medieval Festival get underway. 

Set in the beautiful grounds of 15th century Herstmonceux Castle – one of England’s most picturesque castles, in this writer’s opinion – there is everything a fan of Robin Hood et al could want.

From medieval music and mummers’ plays (think knockabout medieval folk shows) to jousting demonstrations and a full-blown siege, there is a packed timetable of events. 

It’s not all standing around and watching the action unfold though – children can learn how to juggle with the Kent Circus School and enrol for an archery contest (longbow and crossbow). Or the whole family could take a seat at a medieval banquet, while being entertained by strolling players (£55 adults, £35 children) – hey, nonny nonny!

Evening entertainment includes bands (with a distinctly folk flavour), outdoor cinema, torch-lit parades, story-telling and more. See the whole timetable here.

You can go for the day (family ticket £46) or book in for the whole weekend (family weekend festival ticket for four nights, including camping, is £230). And if you fancy camping, why not upgrade to glamping and stay in a bell tent with everything apart from food provided? For a 5m-bell tent that fits four and includes weekend festival ticket, prices start at £435.

For more information, head to or watch the video below. 

James Marsh is managing director of specialist children’s communication agency B3 Creative


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