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England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle 2023

The event starts at

26 August 2023


The event ends at

28 August 2023

England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle is your opportunity to attend one of Europe's biggest events of its kind.

The three public days of the Festival offer a colourful (and noisy) introduction to war and peace in the Middle Ages. From the peaceful day-to-day re-enactment of daily life in a Medieval village to skillful jousting events and full-blown castle sieges complete with entire armies of archers, horses and cannons.

With over 2,000 medieval re-enactors, performers, musicians, artisans, and craft workers from the United Kingdom and Europe and from far Canada and the United States.

Also, Some 25,000 spectators are anticipated during the three Festival days.

Here are the steps to plan your trip

1. Go to the official website and double check the event availability, prices and regulations.

2. Check below the accommodations in hotels in Herstmonceux, Hailsham available during the the event. ⤵︎

How to find best prices for hotels

2.1. Pick a hotel room by location and by price.

2.2. The search is done for 1 guest and the entire duration of the event. Click on the 'Filter', 'Guests', and 'Dates' buttons to adjust the search.

🏨 In the 'Filters' section, you can tell if you are looking for hotels or vacation homes. Here, you can filter the results by stars, review ratings, and budget.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 In this section, you can specify the number of guests (adults and children) and the number of rooms you want to book.

📆 Finally, you can change the date of your stay.

2.3. Save more money! Some hotel rooms are provided by multiple hotel booking websites. You will see them on the top of the hotel room details when you hover the mouse over the room. Be it, Expedia, Trivago, Opodo, or other providers, select the best price provider for the room during the chosen period.

2.4. If hotel rooms are not available around the event location, you can zoom out or search by a nearby city/town name. If you have a specific hotel in mind, you can even search the particular hotel name.

2.5. Bonus tip: Switch to Experiences search. Perhaps you will find great tours and activities!

2.6. Pro tip: The map of the experiences may help you find the most vibrant areas in the city and the best locations where you can look for accommodations for your stay.

3. Check the flight, bus, and train travel options to the event location

4. If everything is fine you can buy all the tickets

What you can enjoy at Herstmonceux Castle

What you can enjoy at Herstmonceux Castle

Contestable mounted Skill-at-Arms Tournaments with trophies and prizes.

A frontal Siege of Herstmonceux Castle and a concluding Battle in the rear battlefield with cannons, siege engines and cavalry and over 500 combatants.

Living History Competition with trophies and cash prizes.

Archery Tournament - longbow & crossbow with trophies and prizes.

Europe's largest Medieval Traders Village.

Musicians, Singers, Jugglers and General Exhibitionists - welcome all!

15th century moated Castle - 500 acre estate.

Beer & Food Marquee with entertainment.

Living History camping areas on spectacular grounds.

Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle

Herstmonceux Castle is a brick-built castle, dating from the 15th century, near Herstmonceux, East Sussex, England. It is one of the oldest significant brick buildings still standing in England. The castle was renowned for being one of the first buildings to use that material in England, and was built using bricks taken from the local clay, by builders from Flanders. It dates from 1441.

The first written evidence of the existence of the Herst settlement appears in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book which reports that one of William's closest supporters granted tenancy of the manor at Herst to a man named ‘Wilbert'. By the end of the twelfth century, the family at the manor house at Herst had considerable status. Written accounts mention a lady called Idonea de Herst, who married a Norman nobleman named Ingelram de Monceux. Around this time, the manor began to be called the "Herst of the Monceux", a name that eventually became Herstmonceux.

Herstmonceux castle is associated with a retinue of historical re-enactment troops including archers, knights, and falconers, who fly their birds over the grounds.The castle is also host to a large medieval weekend in August of each year.,
it can be the site of weddings and weekend events.

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