Weddings, Handfastings & Blessing Ceremonies



Weddings, Handfastings & Blessing Ceremonies

The stunning grounds and gardens of Herstmonceux Castle are the perfect fairy-tale
wedding venue any time of the year; but each August Bank Holiday weekend something
truly magical happens. England’s Medieval Festival transforms this magnificent Sussex location in to the most authentic historical experience of its kind.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of days gone by. Wedding parties will delight in this unique event and guests of all ages will discover so
much to see and do during their time at the festival.

A wedding at England’s Medieval Festival can be a traditional civil ceremony in the castle
or opt for an alternative hand-fasting or blessing in the beautiful gardens or within the
thrilling royal arena.

With the breath-taking backdrop of a real castle and all the sights and sounds of the
medieval village, the weekend offers a limited number of couples a special themed
experience never to be forgotten.

All festival guests can enjoy acres of parkland, lawns and formal period gardens containing
hundreds of species of flowers and plants. Wander through the authentic medieval village or
discover the hidden court yard or woodland folly. Jousting takes place behind the castle and
the bridge entrance across the moat welcomes thrilling battle re-enactments all weekend.

Accommodation options vary within the castle grounds and locally in the area. For an
authentic medieval experience guests can sleep under the stars in furnished glamping
tents with private areas available for groups. For guests who prefer solid walls, the on-site
B&B provides comfortable rooms or there is even a chance to stay in the castle itself.

In the evening the full festival entertainment provides plenty of fun with character
performances and lively music from popular folk bands. Our optional medieval
banquet offers an authentic option to feast and toast the happy couple in the castle.

Alternatively, guests can indulge in a delicious peasants’ hog roast and tankard of
mead under the stars. We are happy to tailor private entertainment with anything from
traditional medieval flute music and romantic stargazing to performing mummers and
magical wizards.

The name Herstmonceux is itself a fusion of surnames between Idonea de Herste and
nobleman Ingelram de Monceux. It is fitting that such a superb wedding venue has romantic
historical beginnings and explains why couples marrying at Herstmonceux Castle feel the
romantic ambiance beyond the beautiful setting.

There are a range of private rooms and spaces within the castle and grounds should your
party require a dedicated area, and our event staff work with each wedding party to tailor
their memorable celebration, whatever the budget.

England’s Medieval Festival provides an unforgettable wedding experience in a
unique and authentic location.

‘I just want to say a massive thank you to the whole team, everyone was amazing and so helpful!!
We had a fantastic time so did all our guests. We will be coming back next year’

‘I honestly couldn’t have asked for more!’

‘Thanks so much for everything your team did for us to make our wedding so spectacular and special’

‘You are all superstars and we couldn’t have done it without you all, it will be a day that will be talked about forever and never forgotten!’

Watch the festival highlights here

Future Festival Dates
24, 25 & 26 August 2019
29, 30 & 31 August 2020
28, 29 & 30 August 2021

For more information, or to discuss your Wedding, Handfasting or Blessing ceremony  plans, please contact us at info@mgel.com or 020 8150 6767

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