Go back in time to the Feast of St Pancras in Lewes

Feast of St Pancras in Lewes
Feast of St Pancras in Lewes

Knights in armour, morris dancing and an inter Bonfire Society arm wrestling match are just some of the treats in store for visitors to the Feast of St Pancras May Fair in Lewes on May 9.

Last year around 4,000 people attended the popular fair in the ruins of Lewes Priory, helping to raise money for Southover Bonfire Society.

This year organisers are promising more activities than ever before including sports such as crossbows, cannon ball soccer, catch the mole, giant snakes and ladders and roll the swede.

And look out for a costumed march to the festival which will gather at St Thomas’ Church on Cliffe High Street at 10.20am. Expect medieval style dress and Bonfire costumes.

Event organiser Mark Ridgwell said: “There will be loads of fun and games for children including digging for replica medieval coins, Splat the Rat, Catch the Mole and Explode the Bomb.

“Simon De Montfort, King Henry and Swords of Albion will arrive to do battle and 1595 Renaissance will be demonstrating their martial arts

“Blackpowder Morris will be dancing and Lewes Old Grammar will be performing their Mummers Play while music will be provided by Kalamus, Chameleonic and Skulldrummery.

“All this, lots of arts and crafts, food from Moveable Feast, Gourmet Game and the Southover Bonfire Food tent and lots more games means this year’s May Fair is really one not to be missed.”

Children will be able to try their hand at making mini Roman mosaics, while the very young can search for medieval coins to add to their collections, learn how to make illuminated manuscripts and lettering.

Other attractions will include a medieval medic who will be showing people how to dress the terrible wounds medieval life inflicted.

Owls About Towns will be bringing owls along to the event for visitors to see.

Visitors are welcome to attend the fair in medieval costumes or in their bonfire society costumes.

Tickets are £2.50 per adult and kids under 12 go free. The fair is open from 10.30am to 4pm. Entrance to the fair is from Cockshut Road, off Southover High Street.