We’ve finally arrived back from Herstmonceux Castle and rejoined reality (collective sigh!). A fantastic three day event with a real laid back festival guide! The Hovel has entertained crowds with juggling, games, and Paul’s own live version of Fruit Ninja! We’ve met some of our awesome fans and thrilled kids and parents with our crazy antics!
England’s Medieval Festival – Herstmonceux Castle
England’s Medieval Festival is held at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex every August Bank Holiday weekend. The event boasts all sorts to entertain families of all ages. There is the village stage, jousting, battle reenactments, living history reenactments, entertainment (drummers and musicians), beer tents, and so much more! Its one of our favourite festivals and we love going!!
We arrived at Herstmonceux Castle on Friday afternoon, having beaten the traffic on the glorious M25! We put up our fabulous Hovel, Sunroom and Annex camp plus fire box with a few benches scattered around.
The benches are a new addition (found for roughly £2.65 each at a local auction) and we’ve added a new little table in too (also found at an auction for about £3). House clearance auctions are well worth a visit for your medieval kit. We recommend the Colchester House Clearance Auction held at the Severells industrial estate every Saturday morning!
Set dressing is provided by some linen painters’ drop cloths (available from any DIY shop, we got ours from Screwfix) and other bits of acquired kit over the years! This weekend we buddied up with Andy, Erica and Callum Kybett as well as the Irish lads (Hello Aiden, Ken and Porridge) and the most gorgeous little girl you’ve ever met: Ada the puppy!
All in a day’s work!
Up early on Saturday, we were down at camp for a sausage and boiled egg breakfast. The weather in Herstmonceux and across most of the UK was REALLY hot all day! Although we did our best to entertain the hoards of public who came to see us, there was a few hours over midday that most of us crashed in the Sunroom! Niki has finally figured out how to hang her hammock in the Sunroom without making the whole awning collapse; and she used this to her advantage to sneak off for some hammock time. Incidentally, we are trying to make the #hammocktime hashtag a thing on our twitter, so pop on by and join in!
The afternoon battles were a bit hot, we hung about by the side with extra water (and Ugg juice) for those who needed it and to watch the display of guns, swords, pikes, and men at arms skills. We spent special time cheering on our Ian who was on the field for the Bonnivants! Go Ian! Go, go, go Ian!!
England’s Medieval Festival are kind enough to put on some awesome entertainment for us reenactors in the evenings, and we’ve been lucky enough to have 6 bands to listen and dance to over the weekend. We’re sending a huge thank you to the organisers for making the reenactors (and public) feel so welcome. Herstmonceux is a gorgeous castle and the England’s Medieval Festival event is really not like any other event, it’s magical and we can’t wait for the 25th Anniversary event next year!
All in all we’ve had a great few days and really looking forward to Herstmonceux next year! Check out our quick video below to see our awesome photos!