you think modern life is rubbish? Long for a time of chivalry, adventure
and painful disfiguring diseases?
journey back to the Middle Ages, when women wore conical hats and
men were so hard they ate whole goats raw (without a napkin).
is the UK's largest medieval festival, held in the authentically
feudal surroundings of Gloucestershire's Berkeley Castle.
to encounter gallant knights, ethereal maidens and people with leprosy
during its two weekends of 'mediaeval mayhem'.
out these pictures from 2004:
annual event features large-scale battle re-enactments, longbow
displays, wandering minstrels (presumably of the musical, not chocolate,
variety) and - of course - jousting.
the nearest you've come to glorious battle is giving a dirty look
to the person who nicked your parking space at the supermaket, this
is the perfect chance to don some chain mail and discover your inner
little knightlets can enjoy wound painting, story telling and the
not-terribly-PC 'pelt the peasant'.
price also includes entry to 12th-century Berkeley Castle, where
King Edward II was dispatched by a creatively-used red hot poker.
castle is also believed to have been the inspiration for A Midsummer
at Berkeley is located 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 on the
M5. Free parking is available for festival-goers.
23rd / Sunday 24th & Saturday 30th / Sunday 31st July
/ Adult: £12 / Child (4-14): £5 / Under 4: Free
/ OAP: £11 / Family (2 adults & 2 children): £30
Adult: £10 / Child (4-14): £4 / Under 4: Free