Thousands get in the medieval spirit for festival in Herstmonceux

Herstmonceux Medieval Festival
Herstmonceux Medieval Festival

Thousands of people braved the wet weather and visited England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle during the August bank holiday.

The festival took place from Saturday (August 23) until Monday (August 25).

The festival was celebrating its 22nd year which saw events taking place in the castle grounds.

A spokesman for the festival said: “It was an unforgettable experience, at the largest and most authentic medieval festival in the UK.

“The audiences cheered the full armoured Knight in the Joust, experienced the clash of broadswords and death-defying duelling from authentically-clad re-enactors with showers of arrows and cannon fire from ancient artillery pieces.

“Watched the spectacular flying displays with falcons, and the pageantry of twice daily medieval parades and the minstrels, live theatre and jesters who add a splash of mayhem, music and dance.”

“Performers included Serpentyne, Portcullis, Bombus Lucorum, Vollsanger , Pentacle Drummers, Partridge Pluckers, Flaxen Meade, de Mowbray’s Musicke, Peasants Pottage, Zeitenwanderer, Perdix, United and Queen’s Medieval Players.”

Organisers said there were more than 100 trader stalls and visitors could have a go at basket weaving, chain mailing, candle making, brass rubbing and painting at one of the many hands-on activities .

For the children there was a huge Kid’s Kingdom with have-a-go archery, medieval skittles, ongoing stage shows, a ‘jester school’, face painting, games, and play area.

After the festivities people could relax at one of the medieval style taverns, where they savoured hogs roasting over open coals and sampled ale at the new Real Ale and Mead Festival, with more than 20 locally sourced real ales from the Sussex area.

The spokesman continued: “Thousands of visitors came for one or more of the days, or they camped, glamped or stayed at the Castle B&B for the three days of the festival weekend.”

Next year’s festival takes place on August 29, 30 and 31 .

Tickets for next year’s festival go on sale online on October 15.

For more information and to find out more about tickets for next year’s festival, visit or contact the festival organisers by emailing