Preparations underway for Feast of St Pancras in Lewes

Taking stock - the Feast of St Pancras in Lewes.
Taking stock - the Feast of St Pancras in Lewes.

If your idea of fun includes knights in armour, arm wrestling championships and learning how to dress medieval wounds, then head to the Feast of St Pancras May Fair on May 9.

It will be held at Lewes Priory Park and will feature numerous attractions for all the family.

Last year around 4,000 people attended the fair, helping to raise money for Southover Bonfire Society.

Event spokesperson Sarah Lazenby said: “This year we have organised more exciting activities including battle-ready knights in armour who are going to be up to all sorts of tricks, a few exploding bombs, shenanigans in the wet stocks and a myriad of sports such as crossbows, cannon ball soccer, catch the mole, giant snakes and ladders and back at last — Roll the Swede.”

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 or learn how to make illuminated manuscripts and lettering.

For nature lovers beekeeper and the RSPB will be joined for the first time by Owls about Town, which will bring a number of owls along to the event for people to meet.

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

An inter society arm wrestling match should prove which Bonfire Society is the strongest.

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

Tickets are £2.50 per adult (£1 if you’re in costume) 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.

For further information, contact organiser Mark Ridgwell from Southover Bonfire Society at or call 07802 416187. To keep up to date with the event join the Facebook group May Fayre to celebrate St Pancras.