What's on at the Festival
England's Medieval Festival offers uniquely authentic activities associated with the middle ages. Living History Encampments are reconstructed throughout the grounds, giving visitors a rare glimpse into the everyday life and times of the fifteenth century. Here, craftsmen and traders display their wares and demonstrate skills of a bygone age with 'hands-on' factual exhibits. A fascinating insight into medieval England.
A full-size tiltyard is recreated giving visitors a taste of the excitement and bravery of an ancient sport - mounted Skill-at-Arms, in which combat skills and horsemanship once meant the difference between life and death. It is a truly gripping and realistic experience.
Another feature is the chance to see the 'local poachers' compete in an English Longbow Tournament against their noble masters for a purse of gold. Some of Europe's finest bowmen are on hand to pass on their expertise and demonstrate their precision with the longbow.
The centrepiece of the festivities is the massive and colourful Siege and Artillery Display held in the morning and concluding Battle during the afternoon. Over 500 members of medieval groups based throughout Europe fight out these battles, which recreate the bloody struggles of the Houses of York and Lancaster. Complete with showers of arrows from squads of supporting bowmen and cannon fire from ancient artillery pieces, these clashes put the spectator right at the heart of the action. Both the Siege and Battle are held daily.
Manly deeds of heroic strength apart, England's Medieval Festival is a truly memorable day out for the whole family, a unique experience to be enjoyed to the full at the time and treasured in the future. From Strolling Minstrels and Puppeteers to period Crafts, whole hogs roasted over glowing embers and a Kid's Kingdom where you can 'sign up and shoot straight' in the Have-a-Go Archery, test your sword fighting skills against the evil Black Knight in the 'Ring of Steel' and enjoy the outrageous antics of Jesters and spell-binding Wizards!
Bringing history to life and allowing people to experience it first hand is the secret of the attraction. The Festival provides something for people of all tastes and all ages.
Festival highlights at a glance: