Medieval fun and games at Priory


Do you fancy making mosaics with the Romans, putting your friends in the wet stocks or getting mystic with Meg?

The opportunities present themselves with the return of Southover Bonfire Society’s fifth annual Feast of St Pancras May Fayre.

It’s taking place on Saturday, May 11, in the historic grounds of Lewes Priory and features firm family favourites among the fascinating attractions, plus some entirely new and exciting activities to get involved with.

Organiser Mark Ridgwell said: “This year’s fayre is bigger than ever and we are looking forward to welcoming regulars and newcomers to the festivities.

“Last year more than 4,000 people came long to pit their wits in a range of medieval pursuits and enjoyed lots of artisan crafts and activities.”

He added: “We are very grateful to Lewes Priory Trust for allowing us to hold the event in such a stunning and historic location.”

For the first time this year, you can put your pulling power to the test by taking part in a tug-of-war to find the strongest man, woman and child in Lewes and the toughest team. Resistance is futile!

Or how about trying some mad mosaics with two Roman goddesses and learning how to carve wood beautifully with a chainsaw?

Visitors can marvel at the work going in to creating the stunning Battle of Lewes tapestry which will commemorate the 750 years since the momentous clash of the King and his barons in 1264.

All the favourites will also be there including rolling the swede for some great prizes, Mystic Meg who will tell your fortune, Hands on History showing you how to sharpen up your archery and cannon firing skills, the opportunity to handle a bird of prey and learn something of the art of falconry, plus lots of music and drama to entertain.

Elsewhere you can choose from the menu in Simon’s Poetry Cafe and have Simon amuse you with the most magical of stories and poems.

Craftspeople will be highlighting their traditional skills – there is everything from basket-weaving, bee-keeping, alchemy and leatherwork to wood turning and silver jewellery making.

Once again, the May Fayre features culinary delights including lots more delicious home-made vegetarian treats, wild garlic soup, sandwiches and cakes plus locally reared venison and boar from Gourmet Game.

This fun-packed family day runs from 11am until 4pm. Entry programmes are just £2.50 per adult and children under 12 go free.