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Festival, Mon 27 - Tue 28 Aug 2018, £6

Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle


The fairy tale setting of Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex plays host to over 15,000 visitors every August Bank Holiday weekend who immerse themselves in the wonderful sights, sounds and spectacle of England’s Medieval Festival. This hugely popular annual event is the most authentic of its kind in the UK, and an unforgettable, magical weekend experience!
From the moment of arrival, visitors step back in time and enjoy an array of dazzling demonstrations, realistic battle re-enactments, thrilling jousting, magnificent grand parades, highly-skilled displays of falconry, music, dance and even a hilarious Mud Show. There’s plenty of opportunity to join the fun too - with have-a-go jousting, archery and axe throwing; sword school; drum school; the Robin Hood Forest adventure area, Princess & Warrior School, plus workshops for all ages, including chainmail, calligraphy, brass rubbing, arrow making, blacksmith-forging and many other traditional arts and crafts. You may even discover a hidden witches circles if you’re lucky!
Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses delight the kids; while the living history village offers the chance to see what it would really have been like to live in the Middle Ages.
Traditional musicians join a music line-up of foot-stomping folk bands who party day and night like it’s ‘1499’ at the Buxom Wench Tavern. The 26th anniversary festival welcomes back local lads Noble Jacks and festival favourites, the speed folk masters Perkelt. New this year are the beautifully talented Wild Roses with their multi-instrumental tones, and returning after a five-year absence are Rough Musicke. Their pre 15th century lively medieval music is played on reproduction instruments and combines music traditions and raucous percussion.
Real ale, traditional mead and medieval eats are available alongside delicious cuisine for all the family. Thundering drum groups Stix and The Pentacle Drummers return to the show and kids of all ages adore the moonlit cinema showing medieval themed classics in the evening.
2017 celebrated the 25th anniversary of this spectacular weekend and welcomed several new additions which have now become regular fixtures. The wood-fired luxury spa will be back in a private corner of the festival and the Coracle Society will return to the castle moat. Evening drumming around the community campfire will welcome folk from across the festival and in the woods the Witches Circle will be telling mysterious tales of old.
With so much to see and do, many guests opt for camping and medieval glamping, or even the onsite B&B in the magnificent castle grounds. Weekend guests enjoy a sparkling array of evening entertainment, including live music, outdoor cinema, storytelling, medieval stargazing and a magical torch-light parade each night.
Day tickets, and a limited number of tickets to the splendid Medieval Banquet in the castle grand ballroom or the ‘feast of fools’ in the castle grounds are also available.
The festival hosts several unique weddings, blessings and traditional hand-fasting celebrations over the weekend, plus birthday and anniversary celebrations, stag and hen parties and group outings.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 27 - Tue 28 Aug 2018


Adults £6 Concessions £5 Children 4-16 £3. Unders 4's FREE.

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 27 - Tue 28 Aug Englands Medieval Festival
Sun 28 Oct Halloween Horrors


Herstmonceux Castle

01323 834457


East Sussex,
BN27 1RN



See location of Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 646103  Lat: 50.86957 Long: 0.33873

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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