Summer Jazz at the Castle

Sunday 6th August 7.30pm in the Ballroom

The Drawtones with Derek Nash

A top jazz and funk organ band with a Jools Holland saxophonist.

The stunning maestro saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) recorded and performed on a brand new album “Down the Line” with the East Sussex based Jazz, Funk & Soul Organ Band “The Drawtones” in January 2017. The Drawtones leader and organist Rod Pooley founded the band in early 2016 carefully selecting a top class array of musicians including Andy Williams (Guitar), Simon Brewin (Bass) and Jessica Dann (Drums). Tonight’s music will feature tracks from the new album including original compositions and classic tracks from artists such as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, George Benson, Lou Donaldson, Freddie Hubbard and many more…

Band Line Up

Rod Pooley – Jazz Organ and Keys
Derek Nash – Saxophone
Andy Williams – Guitar
Simon Brewin – Bass
Jessica Dann – Drums

You Tube Clip


Adults £18 – Concessions £15 (OAPs, Students and Under 16s).

Available online at:

Disabled access available.

Illyria presents Comedy of Errors

Thursday 10th August 6pm in front of the castle 

Comedy of Errors

Gates open 5.30pm, performance approx 2hrs (inc 20 minute interval).

Please bring your own seating, warm rug and your own picnic or refreshments.

Adult £15, Child/Concession £10, 2 Adults + 2 Children £40

For tickets please visit –

England’s Medieval Festival

Watch the festival highlights here

25th Spectacular Year – 26th, 27th & 28th August 2017

‘Step back in time and join the spectacular weekend celebration’

England’s Medieval Festival is the largest and most authentic medieval themed festival in the UK.

It’s a complete day out, and magical weekend experience for the entire family.

Enjoy the thrill of Knights Jousting; Twice daily Battle and Siege of the Castle; magnificent Grand Parades; highly-skilled Falconry displays; Hundreds of Craftsmen and Traders; a Kid’s Kingdom; Crafts & Games areas; Workshops & Demonstrations; Minstrels, Magicians; Jesters; Hog Roasts 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; plus workshops for all ages, including chainmail, calligraphy, wood-weaving, blacksmith-forging and many other traditional arts and crafts.

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 perform each day and evening on four outdoor and two indoor stage areas.

This year’s line-up of performers includes: Noble Jacks, Perkelt, Portcullis, Pyba, Georgia Lewis & Friends, Rowan Luis & Friends, Bring back the Wolf, Green Diesel, Boondock, Pentacle Drummers,  Stix,  Peasants Pottage, Perdix, United & Queen’s Players…with more to be announced soon.

Real ale, traditional mead and medieval eats are available alongside delicious cuisine for all the family; and kids of all ages adore the moonlit cinema showing medieval themed classics.

The festival hosts several weddings, blessings and traditional hand-fasting celebrations over the weekend, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary, any couples also celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary can come to the festival for FREE!!

Weekend Camping, Medieval Glamping and B&B room on the grounds.

Shuttle Bus from Polegate Station to the Castle during the Festival.

By car – Wartling Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN

Dogs welcome on leads.

Day Visitors 10am – 6pm daily (Rain or Shine); Weekend Visitors from 7pm Friday 25th August

Discount Tickets Now on Sale Join this magical weekend celebration of the past!

For information contact or 020 8150 6767

‘What an incredible experience. We felt like we really had gone back in time!’

‘We had the best weekend. Excellent entertainment and shopping. And the evening entertainment made our weekend!’

‘So much to see and do. Thanks for an incredible day’

‘The Jousting was simply AMAZING. A pure delight!’

‘What a brilliantly staged event. Really friendly people, loads to see. Only wish we had stayed for the weekend. Always next year.’

Medieval Banquet at England’s Medieval Festival

Saturday 26 August 2017 (6.30pm-10.00pm)

Sunday 27 August 2017 (6.30pm-10.00pm)

A Feast fit for a King or Queen!

Herstmonceux Castle Grand Ballroom

Enjoy the entire day at England’s Medieval Festival and stay for the Medieval Banquet, or come just for the banquet and join in the fun at the tavern on the festival grounds after your meal.

Four Course Meal including a glass of wine or ale. (vegetarian option available)

Welcome Reception in the Drawbridge Room with a glass of mead

Music, Dance & Strolling Entertainers during dinner

Cash Bar; Costumes Optional; Groups welcome; Children and Family seating

Advance discount tickets available online at

For information about the banquet, please contact or 020 8150 6767

Herstmonceux Castle Wedding Show & Catwalk

Sunday 17th September – 11am – 3pm

Empirical Events are delighted to announce that we will be organising the Wedding Show at the stunning Herstmonceux Castle & Grounds. We have grand plans to mark the re-launch of this spectacular annual event and will shortly be releasing an incredible photo album and video shoot, look out for it on social media!

The castle and grounds will literally be full of the most amazing wedding service suppliers who will be located throughout the castle and also in the cloisters and inner castle private grounds where our spectacular bridal catwalk show will be taking place.

Register Here


Carols at the Castle

Sunday 17th December 2.30pm

Join the Aanna Colls Singers in Herstmonceux Castle Ballroom and bring your best voice for Carols at the Castle.

Tickets include Fruit Punch & Mince Pies.

Adult £12.50
Senior Concession £10.00
Children £7.50

Tickets available from 1st October, details to follow.