Herstmonceux Castle Medieval Weekend

The Main Gatehouse

The Main Gatehouse

Pat and I went to Herstmonceux Castle‘s medieval weekend. It was a busman’s holiday for me as I needed to buy some new kit.

The castle is only a few miles from us but it was the first time we’ve visited. We’d been put off by the castle itself being closed to most visitors but the outside is spectacular and the grounds beautiful.

The science centre (it was the Royal Observatory from 1948 for forty years) looks great and we’ll be back to visit that another time.

The castle itself is one of the earliest built in brick. It was substantially demolished around 1770 but was repaired and rebuilt in the first half of the twentieth century. There’s more, with links, at Gatehouse Record.

The medieval festival has been running for 20 years. Re-enactors come from all over Europe to take part in the sieges,  jousts and entertainments. The traders’ fair is extensive. The medieval food available encompasses Doner Kebabs, Tikka Massala and Fish and Chips (and, to be fair, a hog roast). It’s a good (but pricey) day out for the family and the enthusiast.

It was good to meet up again with friends made at the Bodiam Medieval Weekend. If your looking for a pair of medieval spectacles (and I was) I can recommend GOCB.

The siege begins

The siege begins

Siege negotiations about to break down

Siege negotiations about to break down

Part of the encampment

Part of the encampment

Owls!

Owls!

Hawks!

Hawks!

Locals at the local

Locals at the local

Pat's new watch

Pat’s new watch

My new friend

My new friend.

There were nice sculptures like this (above, right) all around the gardens. There were no labels or explanations, which felt right. Not all art needs a 6×4 card.

Pat and sculpture

Pat and sculpture

The other side of the same piece

The other side of the same piece

Another well-positioned work

Another well-positioned work

Magic

Magic

and so to bed

and so to bed

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About lancewoodman

Heritage interpreter, playwright and teacher. Living on the South Coast of England.

Posted on August 28, 2012, in Castles, Sussex. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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