A few years ago we used to go to an amazing weekend event called Joust at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire (which history fans will recognise as the location of Edward II’s grimly horrid demise by red hot poker) which was basically a huge Medieval re-enactment fair over two days with a living history camp, demonstrations of exciting Medieval weaponary, the Medieval Baebes singing (seriously, look them up if you haven’t already heard of them), banquets, lots and lots of jousting, a skirmish re-enactment and lots of stalls selling weird Medieval stuff. It was AWESOME.
Sadly, a flood in 2007 meant that not only was that year’s Joust cancelled but it also went bankrupt as a result. Boo! Hiss! However, it now appears to be back in a new incarnation as Berkeley Skirmish! Hurray!
I am totally overjoyed about this as I adore this sort of thing and it has the bonus of being both educational and also FUN.
If it sounds like your thing then it is on over the weekend of 24th-25th July and tickets are £14 for adults, £7 for children under 14, free to children under 5 and £38 for a family of four.
Really looking forward to watching the jousting against the backdrop of Berkeley Castle!
Maybe I should dress up this time – I didn’t make much of an effort last time around!