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Hovel Games: Three Men’s Morris

Three Men’s Morris  The game of three man’s Morris is similar to Naughts and Crosses. There are two players each with three game pieces. Usually, these are black and white. To win the game, you must create a line of three in your colour. The difference between Three Men’s Morris and […]


History in 360: Lewes Castle

A team weekend away can only mean one thing: museums! We visited Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress and Lewes Castle on this little mini adventure in East Sussex! Here’s our review of Lewes Castle! Lewes Town While returning from a trip to the Wyntercon the team decided to stop off at the picturesque town […]


Fake News: 7 Myths About Medieval Life Everyone Thinks Are True

There is a saying: “Never let the truth get the in the way of a good story” (Mark Twain)*. With all the focus recently on Fake News, it seems like a good time to start dispelling some medieval myths most people still think are true. So, in true Cracked style, […]


History in 360: Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress 1

Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress We visited the Eastbourne Redoubt in early October 2016. Luckily for us, the weather was still absolutely glorious and allowed for plenty of selfies! We tied our visit in with a trip to Wyntercon,  a sci-fi convention hosted in the town and run by one of ur […]


5 Foolproof Clothing Tips For a Medieval Winter 2

Cold, isn’t it? Winter really is settling in and we’re feeling the nip of Jack Frost at our fingers and toes! Jumpers and coats have been got out of the loft, and new pairs of gloves purchased with silly hats! This got us thinking, what clothing would our medieval ancestors […]


Stonehenge Special - History in 360 - The Hovel

History in 360: Stonehenge 1

This is a pretty special blog for us. Stonehenge is, not so secretly, Niki’s favourite place on earth!! When people think of Stonehenge there are probably a few different things that pop into their heads. Perhaps you think “its a bunch of rocks?” or maybe you’re on the side of […]


A Very Medieval Halloween

It’s our favourite time of the year again! Halloween!! The nights are getting colder and darker and the Autumnal colours are in full swing! As Halloween is our very favourite holiday of the year, we decided to take a look at the history behind the holiday and find out where […]


Herstmonceux: England’s Medieval Festival – Event Review 1

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 […]


Hovel Kitchen – Easy Summer Salad 1

This week’s Saturday Medieval Kitchen is all about Salad! The sun is out (hopefully) and it feels like we should be eating green things, so we’ve cooked up a lovely salad recipe for you, that doesn’t actually involve cooking! This is a very simple salad to make and the options […]


Filming HovelTV for YouTube 4

Last night was a buzz of excitement. At Hovel HQ as 5 of us got together to do some filming for the first few episodes of Saturday Medieval Kitchen for our YouTube Channel, HovelTV. We are planning to make a Saturday Medieval Kitchen available every other Saturday morning to coincide […]