2018 Events

Doctor Dolittle Event Herstmonceux Castle Sussex

Friday 20th July 2018 – 6pm

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom.

A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment, this show is created by the same Illyria team who brought you an entire menagerie of animal puppets in DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD and a life-size T-Rex in THE LOST WORLD.

The show is suitable for cheeky monkeys aged 5+.

Tickets available here



Watch the festival highlights here

26th Spectacular Year – 25th, 26th & 27th August 2018

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

England’s Medieval Festival is the largest and most authentic one-of-kind 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, Rough Musicke, Perkelt, Wild Roses, Damiam Clarke, 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 weddings, blessings and traditional hand-fasting celebrations over the weekend.

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

Shuttle Bus from Polegate and Pevensey Westham Train 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 24th 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

Medieval Banquet at England’s Medieval Festival

Saturday 25 August 2018 (6.30pm-10.00pm) 

Sunday 26 August 2018 (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, food, drink and music on the festival grounds after your meal.

Four Course Meal including a glass of wine or ale. (vegetarian meal options 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


Weddings, Handfastings & Blessing Ceremonies at England’s Medieval Festival

Weddings, Handfastings & Blessing Ceremonies at England’s Medieval Festival

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 

25, 26 & 27 August 2018

24, 25 & 26 August 2019

29, 30 & 31 August 2020


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


The Drawtones Jazz, Funk and Contemporary

Sunday 18th November 2018

4pm Admission into the gardens and grounds

Doors 7pm, Show 7.30pm, Interval 8.30 – 9pm, Show ends 10pm.

A brand new show from the very talented band The Drawtones. Authentic Hammond Jazz and Funk now blended with an upbeat Contemporary set with superb vocals from London based vocalist Poppy Rawles.

The Drawtones have appeared with Curtis Stigers, Avery Sunshine, Derek Nash, Martin Shaw and The London Belles.

Having appeared at Pizza Express on 3 previous occasions they always deliver a fantastic live performance.

Tonight’s show will feature music from Jimmy Smith, George Duke, Freddie Hubbard, James Ingram, Lee Morgan, The Emotions, Ed Sheeran, Four Non Blondes, Jessie J, Alanis Morisette , Journey and many more…

Band Line Up

Rod Pooley – Hammond Organ & Keys

Poppy Rawles – Lead Vocals

Julian Nicholas – Saxophone

Andy Williams – Guitar

Simon Brewin  – Bass

Jessica Dann – Drums

Tickets £12 – Please call 07799 800656