Plan your Day with these Insider Tips:
Pre-planned itineraries to make your day a little easier:
Medieval Masterchefs – for all you foodies. Lots to see with plenty of time to taste dishes from the many food stalls.
Gates open at 8.45am.
If you’re arriving first thing in the morning, grab a spot at the Castle Arena for the Grande Parade, where you will be introduced to each historical reenactment group as they do a tour of the arena in all their splendour.
Plan your day around the Jousts which are held at 10:30am 12:00pm, 1:45pm and 3:15pm. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or bought on the day, but get them early as the jousts are very popular! Combat displays are on all day from 11am at The Common (on the way to the Friar’s Folly and Joust Titleyard), with Medieval Life and Dance displays at the Village Green (next to the Stag Inn and markets place).
For the more academic among you, visit the University Pavilion to learn about such things as the making of chain maille, Medieval Surgery and Medicine and Soaps, Scents and Smells in 12th Century England. You can find the University Pavilion on the Western side of the field by the High Middle Ages encampments.
Food and drink are available from 10:30am from the vast number of food stalls dotted around the grounds, as well as from the Stag Inn and Friar’s Folly Tavern all day long. Please note there is NO BYO alcohol permitted anywhere at the festival.
There will be Stained Glass Tours throughout the day on Saturday and in the afternoon on Sunday, with lute recitals in the morning at the Abbey Museum. They are free to all visitors of the festival and are held at the Abbey Church, a couple of minutes walk from the main site.
We hope you have a very enjoyable time at the Abbey Medieval Festival 2016!
Tickets go on sale March 2016.