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Kidenza Presents ‘Santa in Space’

Inspire your children with music at our Kidenza Christmas Concerts.

We have two fun and engaging professional classical concerts for families taking place at The Pamoja Hall in Sevenoaks on Saturday 14th December at 2pm and 4pm PLUS percussion workshops with regular Kidenza percussionist Alex Neal before each of the concerts.  Children from the workshop will take part in the first part of the concert!

In the concerts ‘Santa in Space’, it is Christmas Eve and Santa has set off with his sleigh full of presents.  All is going well until a ‘SantaNav’ malfunction sends Santa up into space! Join us as we try to rescue him… Featuring music from ‘Star Wars’ and Santa himself this concert is sure to put you in a Christmassy mood!

Alex Neal has been co principal percussionist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2003.  He has played on many film sound tracks including ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’.  Our workshops allow children to work much more closely with our instrumentalists and enhance the concert experience.

Flyer attached and ticket link is here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/kidenzacic

More details here https://www.kidenza.co.uk/christmas-concerts-2019/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/450796122191696/

See us in action here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tkG5DoXuUSY

We visited Kent Life Heritage Farm Park near Maidstone earlier this week, it was our first visit here and it didn’t disappoint!  It is all themed up this week for Halloween, and children (& grown ups!) are invited to come dressed up – there’s even the chance for kids to trick or treat (from 2pm – 5pm) which our son loved.

There’s lots to do here for all ages, but it’s especially good for young children with animals to see, feed and even pet over in Cuddle Corner.

There is also a soft play barn complete with a café for the grown ups.  Alternatively, Dotty’s Tea Rooms provide a lovely chance for a cup of hot chocolate.  We’d recommend the carrot cake too!

 

(It’s also a good opportunity to feed the baby!)

Our 7 year old loved seeing and feeding the animals and exploring the site, and ran off the last bits of energy in the adventure playground at the end of the day.  There were also opportunities to paint a pot, carve a pumpkin and visit the Forge.

Don’t miss the chance to look at the vintage village buildings, and this is where kids can knock on the doors for a spooky trick or treat!  We spent about 2.5 hours here, but could have spent longer as there’s also Big Top shows, animal feeding and owl flying demos to see, as well as a tractor ride around the farm.  If you’re looking for a trip out this half term, we’d highly recommend a visit here (but don’t forget your wellies!). Thanks Kent Life for inviting us!

Kent Life are holding festive Christmas Events in the run up to the big day, do check their website for further details.  There is also a special Experience Day on December 19th for children with additional needs.  Please contact Kent Life on 01622 763936 (you can also see our see our post by clicking here).

If you would like the opportunity to visit Kent Life as often as you want for a year, we’re delighted to have a Free annual family pass to give away in one of our Winter competitions.  Pick up the Winter edition of the West Kent Family Grapevine Magazine (published in November) for information on how to enter.  Do also visit www.kentlife.org.uk/ or visit them on facebook @kentlifefamilyfun

James & Clare (Family Grapevine Editors)

Hello! We are the local twin and triplet club centred around Tunbridge Wells but with members across the whole TN area. We aim to offer free support to local families, as well as to create opportunities for our 400+ members to access services and network with other mums and dads. As multiple parents ourselves, we know how isolating it can be by the sheer struggle of leaving the house with two or more.

Most of our activity is on Facebook with great community discussions on swapping tips etc. for life with multiples – and we have specific pages for businesses, buying/selling and childcare. New this year, we also have a WhatsApp group and Instagram page (@tntwins_kent)!

We have regular playgroups at local children’s centres, a monthly mums’ night off meet-up and we fundraise throughout the year to organise subsidised events. We’ve a Halloween party coming up and we’re also busy planning our Christmas party – keep the 8 December free in your diaries!

Our rising profile locally has also enabled us to agree business discounts for members and run a fundraising raffle with incredible prizes donated by local businesses.

We are so proud of what we have achieved, while juggling families and our own businesses/jobs – and we hope that the club continues for many years to come. If you are expecting multiples or already have twins or more, come and find us on Facebook ! If you are a local business and would like to learn more about us, get in touch at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!

The TN Twins Committee

Kent’s Christmas Grottos 2019

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We may still be in the throes of enjoying the last of the summer sun with autumn nibbling at our toes, however it’s never too soon to be thinking about Christmas! It may seem like planning ahead but when thinking about your visit to a Christmas Grotto its good to be organised, some places have tickets on sale already with others set to follow suit soon. I’ve put together a sample of Kent’s top Grottos, most of which I have visited personally, set reminders in your diary of when tickets go on sale and be quick off the mark, grotto tickets can be like gold dust!

Hever Castle

Hever Castle always manages to impress with it’s beautiful wintery setting, Christmas trees with twinkling lights throughout the castle, log fires and a Christmas themed trail through the gardens for little ones to enjoy.

The theme this year is Alice in a Christmas Wonderland, tickets are on sale from 11am on 11th September to annual members and from 11am on 18th September to the general public. The grotto is open from 23rd November to 8th December (Wednesday to Sunday) and then from 9th December to 24th December (daily). We enjoyed visiting the grotto at dusk when the lights shone magically, here we saw Father Christmas individually rather than as a group which made it feel that bit more special.

Hever Castle is always a popular and quickly sold out grotto, be quick to book tickets for this one!

Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG.

Ruxley Manor

Ruxley Manor is a garden centre based in Sidcup, Kent and is home to another very popular Christmas Grotto in this area of Kent. This year they’re promising an experience full of tradition, magic, festivity and fun with the elves and Mrs Christmas, as well as a special meeting with the famous man himself.

We have visited Ruxley Manor a couple of times over the years and have been very impressed with the whole experience, Father Christmas is great and the presents for the children have been good quality (in my opinion). Tickets are based on time slots so you enter the experience as a whole group, usually it starts with a little game for the children, before being led by the elves to see Mrs Christmas in her kitchen to prepare some reindeer food which the children take home. Children are then led by the elves to another room for a crafting activity which they usually take home e.g. a wooden tree decoration. The elves then lead the way to see Father Christmas where the presents magically appear down the chimney for each child. There is usually ice skating (at an extra cost) on site too.

The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes and you can expect to pay roughly £13 per child, tickets are confirmed to go on sale in September but the exact date hasn’t yet been announced, sign up to their newsletter to be the first in the know.

Ruxley Manor, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, DA14 5BQ.

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place is yet to reveal the details of their Christmas Grotto but I had to include it on the list as we have loved it in the past and anticipate another great theme from them this year!

Previously the theme had been based on Narnia, where the kids would walk through the wardrobe, past the hanging coats into the wonderful world of Narnia to meet Father Christmas. There were crafts, activities and face painting too. I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground and as soon as details are released for this year I’ll update you all!

Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, TN11 8DG.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle at Christmas is truly magical and provides fun for all the family with it’s Christmas Market too. Wander through the market to an enchanted path which will lead you to Father Christmas, where if the little ones have been good (which I’m sure they all have!) they will receive a traditional gift to take home.

The theme for this year is Magical Birds and Festive Feathers, the castle rooms are set to be displayed with glittering decorations and fragrant pine trees styled around the theme of birds.

The Christmas Market and Father Christmas Grotto are open every weekend from 23rd November to 15th December. The Christmas Market and entry to the castle to see the display is included with the price of the Leeds Castle admission ticket (adults £26, children £17.50) which grants access for repeat visits from a year of the date of issue. The Father Christmas Grotto is extra at £15 per child. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 1st October.

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, ME17 1PL.

The Hop Farm

Father Christmas is returning to The Hop Farm again this year for lots of festive fun providing a grotto with a difference. There’s set to be lots of live entertainment, story telling with Mother Christmas, crafts, meeting the jolly helpers and of course a cosy meeting with Father Christmas himsef.

Tickets are on sale now for visits between 1st December to 23rd December and cost £18 per child which includes 2 free adults and a Christmas gift to take home. The cost of the ticket includes free entry to the family park, animal farm and soft play centre so you can really make a day of it!

The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, TN12 6PY.

Tulleys Farm

Tulleys Farm is a full Christmas experinece and its easy to spend the whole day there enjoying all the activities on offer. Activities are spread out across the farm with reindeer food making, gingerbread decorating, Santa’s Post House, the Elves’ Secret Forest, Elf Hunt, Puppet Shows and 3D Cinema all included in the ticket price. Then take a sleigh ride to visit Father Christmas himself where children can hear a story, have photos and recieve a token to spend either in the Make a Bear Workshop or Toy Shop as their gift to take home.

There are additional activities such as ice skating, fairground rides and food to purchase which are all an extra cost. As it’s all mainly outdoors wrapping up warm is advised. Tickets are on sale now and range in price depending on the day you visit, adults £10.95-£13.95, children between £27.95-£37.95 and under 1’s £6.95-£9.95.

Tulley’s Farm, Turners Hill, West Sussex, RH10 4PE.

Bedgebury Pinetum

Christmas at Bedgebury is a different feel to your usual grotto experience in the form of a mile long path that winds magically through the forest illuminated with lots of beautiful lights. This year Bedgebury is bringing the sights and sounds of Christmas to you under unique canopies with new installations rising high into the night sky.

There will be mulled wine, hot chocolate and cider available for you to buy while you enjoy your walk and a fire pit to toast marshmallows as well as some traditional fairground rides (paid separately). Keep in mind that children won’t have an individual meeting with Father Christmas, instead you can catch glimpses of him and his helpers through the trees along the way.

Expect your visit to last around 1.5 hours, being the nature of the forest the paths can be uneven in places and there are some steep slopes too, also remember to wrap up warm! Tickets are on sale now; adults £18 and children £11.50, under 3 are free.

Bedgebury National Pinetum, Goudhurts, TN17 2SJ.

Polhill Garden Centre

It would be easy to forget you’re even in a garden centre when you step into Polhill’s Christmas wonderland, this year is set to be even better as the theme is based on Santa’s traditional log cabin in the North Pole. The Christmas display as you walk through to meet Father Christmas never disappoints. Children will enjoy a story with Father Christmas before meeting him personally, adults are allowed to take their camera’s in which is a plus. We have visited Father Christmas at Polhill and found that it was a nice experience particularly for the younger children.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £12 per child and £1 for an adult. Launch weekend of the grotto takes place on 16th and 17th November where there will be breakfast with Santa followed by the grotto experience. The grotto will then be open on the weekend of 23rd and 24th November and then from 29th November the grotto is open until Christmas. Each session will run for 20 minutes, afterwards you could head to the café for a hot drink and cake or take in some last minute Christmas shopping.

Polhill Garden Centre, Sevenoaks, TN14 7AD.

Bluewater Shopping Centre

This year Bluewater are creating their grotto on the classic story of The Nutcracker and the Realms. Children will be welcomed by a Toy Soldier Guard who will led them through the story meeting Snowy Owl and a little girl called Clara, who, along with the children will discover toys representing the Realms and its characters.

Clara will lead the children through the grotto with all its different themes (the sweet themed room is sure to be a hit!) and they will complete a festive craft to take home before meeting Father Christmas. Children will have their own individual visit with Father Christmas and receive a plush toy as their present.

Being located near the shopping centre you could add in some last minute gift shopping, catch a film and/or dinner as well as perhaps some fun ice skating. This could well be a great all rounder day out for the family!

Tickets are on sale now with a child ticket priced at £14.50 which includes two accompanying adults.

Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe, DA9 9ST.

Monkey Music Workshops in Aid of SUDC UK

SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER

At Kingdom in Penshurt – https://www.thiskingdom.co.uk/

The local Monkey Music team, that’s Lucy, Jules, Hannah, Mary and Alison will be  running    fun-filled music workshops to support the work of SUDC UK, because we want to remember Rex Gooden who loved his Monkey Music classes.

The Charity SUDC UK, stands for Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood and, very sadly, Camilla Gooden’s little boy, Rex, died in his sleep in February 2015, just 22months old.

Rex used to attend and love his Monkey Music classes in Sevenoaks. We will be running 3 workshops, at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

The 1pm workshop is for babies under 12 months, and the 2 and 3pm workshop are for mixed ages from 1-5 years old.

All  the ticket money (apart from a small booking fee) will go to SUDC UK.

For more information about SUDC  UK it’s https://sudc.org.uk/ and, to buy your ticket for our charity fundraising event, it’s https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/2019monkeymusicworkshops

If you can’t make the event but would like to offer your support to the charity, please consider buying a virtual ticket – thanks so much for your support!

 

 

Stars of Paradise

The New Book by Mary Obozua

Stars of Paradise is a story to inspire young girls and boys to think big, be creative, and understand that dreams can be achieved with teamwork and the application of skills including science, technology, coding, as well as singing, dancing and performing!

We have a copy of this wonderful book to give away, visit our Competitions Page for a chance to win!

This year’s Marshill carnival will be like no other. Daisy and her best friend Ewe decide they will create a winning jingle for the singing contest. But, they soon realise that they need the help of their friends and the rather miserable show-off Esmerelda. Then, more challenges arise for the Stars of Paradise. They need to find a way to perform in two places at the same time. And, can Ewe’s powers of drawing and designing ideas that come to life, magically help them solve their problems, and win the competition at the carnival? The adventure begins with the delivery of a golden letter…

Daisy and Ewe are the stars of new children’s book series, The WLDE, aimed at young readers aged six to nine. There is a massive need for more diversity in children’s book publishing. Only 1% of the children’s books published in the UK in 2017 had a BAME main character (CLPE, 2018). This new series brings together myriad cultural backgrounds: Daisy and Ewe are Nigerian, Danny is Irish, and Ayo is Ghanaian. Mary says: “It’s great to be able to write about my childhood and the way I grew up – accepting of all races and cultures. There’s a lot of ignorance on race going on around the world. However, there is also a wonderful truth that we do live in a multicultural society. I hope ‘The WLDE’ helps showcase the positive sides of various ethnicities – that we are all people and we can all get along. I hope it also helps to shine light where there’s ignorance, so children can grow up with that truth.”

About the author

As well as designing shoes, developing her brand ‘Mary Smith’, live singing, mentoring young women and telling stories to her nieces and nephews, Mary Obozua has now added ‘Author’ to her list. Mary grew up as part of a large family without a TV in sight. She credits this upbringing to stimulating her creative side, as she was encouraged to create stories to entertain her younger siblings whilst babysitting. Inspired by watching the humorous relationship between her younger sister and her best friends, ‘The Wonderful Life of Daisy and Ewe’ was born – ‘Stars of Paradise’ is the first book in the series. She promises the series to bring girl power, a multicultural cast, mystery and fun packed adventures.

Mary continues to passionately tell stories and write, whilst juggling the day to day running of business… plus everything else in-between. Mary works in Birmingham and recently made the move from London to the Midlands to be closer to her fashion business.

 

 

 

The Three Hares – The Jade Dragonball

By Scott Lauder and David Ross

We are delighted to have a copy of the Jade Dragonball to give away, head over to our Competitions Page for your chance to win!

An exciting, new, middle grade, historical, fantasy fiction series written collaboratively by two teachers and authors – one in the UAE and the other in NYC – The Three Hares series will educate as well as entertain. With both female and male protagonists, historical and cultural and a plot that promotes values such as grit, inner strength, resilience, empathy and confidence, this is sure to be a huge hit in and out of the classroom.

Sara Livingstone’s school trip to the Beijing Palace Museum takes a terrifying turn when an encounter with the ancient Qingming Scroll thrusts her one thousand years into China’s past.

With secrets in the shadows and danger around every corner, Sara relies on her wits (and her Granny Tang’s stories) to survive. As dark forces gather, she must take her place in a cosmic battle and find the courage to face an unworldly ancient magic.

About the Authors

Scott Lauder has always been fascinated by other cultures, which inspired his choice to live in myriad countries including Greece, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Japan, throughout his life. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland Scott now lives with his wife in Sharjah. History is another of Scott’s passions; both of his graded readers for Oxford University Press were set in the past, one in Ancient Egypt, the other in Ancient Rome. He cites researching the periods for those books and the Three Hares series as “great fun,” a passion that emanates throughout the novel.

David Ross has taught English since 1987, when he began working in Japan. There, he met his co-author, Scott Lauder, when they both taught at the same English school. While in Japan, David performed with a rock band for a couple of years and produced an album (Los Turbines). His decade of teaching in Japan provided with the opportunity to travel in Asia, Africa, and Europe. After returning to his home country of the United States of America, David taught at Loyola University in New Orleans, before moving to New York in 2004, where he taught elementary school – and where he still lives with his wife and two sons. In 2010, David received his doctorate in Educational Studies from McGill University in Montreal. He has spent four summers of the last decade, two in China and two in Indonesia, teaching at universities.

About the Publisher

Neem Tree Press is a traditional, independent publishing house that aims to broaden perspectives. They are global in scope, with books under contract from Germany, the Middle East, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom to date. Their 2019-2020 portfolio includes non-fiction unveiling the Modest Fashion industry to this middle-grade historical fantasy fiction based in China, written collaboratively by two authors – one in Dubai, the other in New York. The common theme for Neem Tree Press’ books is to provoke both thoughtful discussion on sensitive issues and a thirst in the reader to explore further the ideas or cultures they encounter in our books.

 

From September 2019 Baby Café Tunbridge Wells does not have the required funding needed to continue running this vital service for parents.  We are looking for donations to help us raise the £4,500 needed a year to provide the service to parents for free.

Every penny donated will go directly to funding this vital service for our community.  Help us support more parents throughout their feeding journey.

To help support please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-baby-cafe-tunbridge-wells

“I just wanted to e-mail to say that I made it to baby café a few weeks ago and that it was brilliant! I really felt that I was listened to properly and I received some really helpful and practical advice.  I’ve definitely not had either of those things from other places when I’ve sought breastfeeding support so I really just wanted to let you know how great it was”

Since opening in 2012 we have supported over 1,000 families throughout their feeding journey with our highly qualified and supportive NCT Breastfeeding Counsellors and volunteers.

“Baby Cafe was a life saver when I had my 2 children. Not only was I able to get great breastfeeding advice but I also made some amazing friends. Our weekly trip to the baby cafe gave me somewhere I felt comfortable to go and meet with other breastfeeding mums and babies. It really is a fantastic service”

From Christ Church in Tunbridge Wells, we offer a warm welcome, complimentary homemade refreshments and the chance for parents to be supported and heard, not just once but for as long as they need us.  Our in depth training in counselling skills allows us to offer something different; mother-centred active listening and ongoing support.  We know that women often have to stop feeding their babies before they want to and we are able to offer them the time and expert knowledge needed, alongside evidence-based information, to help them make the decisions that are right for them.  We work closely with other health professionals and often support women through post-natal depression and the challenges of early motherhood by providing them a safe space and a place to feel comfortable.  We also support complex issues like tongue tie, mastitis, vasospasm and problems associated with birth trauma for mothers and babies. Women also visit us on a social basis for ongoing peer to peer support.  Some mothers are now returning with their second and third babies as they found the support on offer so helpful.  It is a lovely environment and we have a dedicated team of volunteers. 

“Such a great place. I visited this group when my little one was less than a month old. They guided and supported me with my problems with a much needed cup of coffee.  I would recommend this group to anyone needed help and would return if I had any further problems”

Set up with a lottery grant and previously supported by the Tunbridge Wells NCT Branch before its closure this month, Baby Café relies on funding to keep its service free to parents who need us. We work closely with our NHS colleagues receiving referrals from Midwives, GPs and Health Visitors and we pride ourselves on offering continuity of care for parents.  Our leaflets are given out to every woman leaving The Tunbridge Wells Hospital Postnatal ward and we maintain links with the Infant Feeding Specialists there.

“100% always a very friendly welcoming atmosphere at baby cafe! The advice and help received from Jenny and Laura was amazing! Always making you feel very comfortable and relaxed! I feel I only managed to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months because of the fantastic help and advice received from baby cafe, I will always recommend this service to my friends and I hope to see you all again very soon!”

“A welcoming and supportive environment for mums and their babies whether breast- or bottle-fed, Baby Café was of vital importance to me and my son from the earliest days. Laura and Jenny are kind and encouraging.They have a wealth of advice to share and take care to answer every question, no matter how big or small. I cannot recommend Baby Café enough”.

“I cannot stress how invaluable the help of Jen and Laura has been. From my first visit when my daughter was just weeks old, to help with weaning many months later. They are a fountain of knowledge and so incredibly helpful and giving. Each week the open themselves up to stressed and tired and hormonal mothers and they calm and reassure them. Even when all that mother needs that day is for someone to make them a cup of tea and have a natter, these ladies are there.”

See more reviews and information on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bcltwells

BUSYLIZZY TUNBRIDGE WELLS

A Busylizzy membership is a ‘must have’ for mums looking to enjoy fun & friendly pregnancy, baby and postnatal fitness (no childcare required!) with like-minded new friends.

When you join Busylizzy, you are setting the stage for a fun and active pregnancy and maternity leave. It’s so much better than a typical gym and it’s really simple to get started. You can choose any combination of our mummy fitness sessions for yourself and enjoy a great selection of fun classes, events and talks with your little one. Use our handy app to book, cancel and reschedule on your terms.

♥  MUMS TO BEE CLASSES

Bee fit throughout your pregnancy with our antenatal fitness classes. Our expert instructors will help guide you through strengthening and toning. It’s a great chance to ease those aches and pains – whilst creating YOU time. The perfect environment to meet other expectant mums. All classes suitable from 14 weeks.

♥  MUMMY & ME CLASSES

Our postnatal fitness classes will have you back in pre-pregnancy shape in no time, making you feel more confident whilst having a great time socialising with other mums like you. The best part? You bring your little one along while you exercise, so no childcare required. Where else can a work out can feel like playtime?

♥  BABY CLASSES

Your maternity leave is an extra special time. It’s a chance to make new friends for you and your little one. Our baby classes for newborns, new mummies and active babies are designed to be nurturing, calming and supportive – whilst aiding physical development, co-ordination and balance. Share memorable experiences, enjoy special bonding time and achievements.

♥  TALKS & EVENTS

As well as fabulous classes, a busylizzy membership gives you access to amazing talks and events delivered by experts in their fields. Meet likeminded friends and fellow members in our coffee mornings, pick up some tips in our talks (current favourites include ‘baby weaning’ and ‘sleep’ talks) or have some fun in our seasonal parties. Visit our Facebook page ((https://www.facebook.com/busylizzymumtunbridgewells/)) to find out what’s on!

 ♥  BIG ONE PARTY

A first birthday is just as much about celebrating the first year of parenthood as it is about your baby’s first birthday party. It’s a special birthday… Probably THE most special birthday celebration you’ll plan. Create memories and enjoy a Busylizzy big ONE birthday! Visit our website (https://busylizzytunbridgewells.co.uk/parties/) to find out more.

WHEN?

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

10am-12.30, and evening for pregnancy classes (specific timings vary, visit our website to see the timetable [https://busylizzytunbridgewells.co.uk/timetable/]

 WHERE?

★ Mummy & Me and Baby Classes: Tunbridge Wells Football Club, 50 Culverden Down, TN4 9SG

★ Mums To Bee Classes: St. Barnabas’ Church Hall, Stanley Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2RH

All our venues have free parking!

Find out more about Busylizzy HERE (www.busylizzytunbridgwells.co.uk). Alternatively follow Busylizzy on:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/busylizzymumtunbridgewells/) and

Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/busylizzytunbridgewells/)

 

A Magical Medieval Weekend Experience!

(For a chance to WIN a Family Weekend Ticket for 2x adults and 2x children visit our Competitions Page T&Cs Apply)

27th Spectacular Year – 24th, 25th & 26th August 2019 – Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

England’s Medieval Festival is the most authentic, one-of-a-kind medieval themed festival in Great Britain, where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and spectacle of medieval times.

Located at the fairy tale castle of Herstmonceux in Sussex, England’s Medieval Festival is a very special blend of history and fun for the whole 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 with have-a-go jousting, archery and axe throwing; sword school; drum school; 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.

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 23rd August

Discount Tickets Now on Sale at www.EnglandsMedievalFestival.com

For information contact [email protected] or 020 8150 6767

EnglandsMedievalFestival.com

facebook.com/EnglandsMedievalFestival

twitter.com/EnglandsMedfest

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‘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.’

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