National Garden Scheme Open Day

Saturday 27th May 10am – 5pm


Normal Gardens & Grounds charges apply

Adults – £6.00
U16 – £3.00
Children under 5 – Free
Concessions – £5.00
Family – £14.00

Exhibition Zimbabwean Sculpture

1st June – 31st August

Hilary is staging his Summer Exhibition each day until 31st August (10am – 5pm)

Normal Gardens & Grounds charges apply:

Adults – £6.00
U16 – £3.00
Children under 5 – Free
Concessions – £5.00
Family – £14.00

Primavera: Father’s Day Concert

Sunday 18 June 7.30pm in the Ballroom

Primavera explores relationships between sons, daughters and fathers in a programme of surprising and fresh repertoire

Haydn: Gypsy Rondo

Leopold Mozart: Divertimento

JC Bach: Keyboard Quartet in G major W B66

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Op.81

Tickets £22

Online bookings: or please call 01233 622971 for reservations.

Sponsored by Richard and Christine Dobbs

Tattoo at the castle
A musical evening in aid of ABF, The Soldiers` Charity

Tattoo at the Castle event abf soldiers charity herstmonceux castle Sussex

Sunday 9th July

An Open Air Concert and Beating Retreat with Band and Corps of Drums of

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment

Tickets: Adults – £10.00 and Children under 16 – £5.00

Gates open at 5.30pm and performance starts at 7.30pm. Entrance via Wartling Road

Bring rugs, cushions, low back chairs and lastly your picnics!!

For further details and tickets in advance please call 01323 834400 or tickets can be purchased on the day.




Aanna Colls Singers Summer Concert

Sunday 16th July 7.30pm 

Concert cancelled but please note that a Christmas Carol Concert will take place on Sunday 17th December (further details to follow).


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 Woodland Days

Woodland Days are available to both schools and local groups. We can deliver a range of curriculum subjects in a very stimulating and engaging hands-on environment, where young people are offered meaningful, memorable learning experiences. Subjects include: Science, Geography, Art, DT, History, English, Maths and PSHEE.

Each day can be tailored to meet the requirements of the groups. Topics are cross-curriculum and will always be based in the natural environment. Example sessions could include minibeast hunts, plant identification and survival skills.

Price For 1/2 a day in the woods – £150 (10am-12pm or (12.30pm-2.30pm)

Day in the woods – £250 (10am-2.30pm)

For further information please visit