Showing posts with label days out. Show all posts
Showing posts with label days out. Show all posts

England's Medieval Festival in East Sussex


Have you got plans sorted for the weekend?

It's a Bank Holiday in the UK (for those of you that live in foreign climes that equates to a day of rest for many of the people that usually have a 9-5 toil) and I am one of many that will be enjoying a long weekend. In the UK it is also tradition that Bank Holiday Mondays are wet.

However as we have seen from previous festival news, this year has been one of broken traditions, it even rained at Camp Bestival! (unheard of in it's previous 9 year history) so it's no surprise to see that the sun will be shining all weekend at Hersmonceaux this weekend.

If you live any where near Herstmonceaux (it's in East Sussex) and you are not planning a trip to England's Medieval festival for at least one day (camping is available and camp site opens at 2pm today!) then you are missing out!

 Tickets are available at the gate and the festival is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Last year I was glad I camped as there were so many fun things to do that invariably some clashed, as the program was repeated daily, I could be sure to fit everything into a busy schedule (and repeat the things I really loved!)

Do pop along, fancy dress is optional (but fun) and children of all ages can learn sword skills, jousting, bread making and a thousand other medieval skills!

You can even bring the dog.

 I hope to see you there for mead, singing, mud theatre (don't worry - it's mostly mess free!), and hog roasts..oh and shopping...


A day out at the Weald and Downland open air museum in Sussex

Some time ago Mr Tentsniffer and I bought annual membership at the Weald and Downland Museum as it's fairly close to where we live and is dog friendly. It is a brilliant historical resource but it's also set in such glorious countryside that it's nice just to stroll around and admire the changing of the seasons.
horses and tractors ploughing

This Sunday they had an autumn countryside event and we went along for a couple of hours.

Sadly our small dog is having her first season and our teen has a horrible cold - so they stayed at home. But Mr Tentsniffer and I had a great time, we were able to watch birds of prey, ducks being rounded up by dogs, a steam threshing machine, ploughing - both tractors and horses - and so many other things!
eagle

Mr Tentsniffer bought two new wool jumpers and I bought some chilli cider. I was delighted with my delicious Bubble and Squeak lunch, served with a poached egg, hollandaise sauce and bacon, while Mr Tentsniffer had his favourite traditional sausage roll from the Podgy Pieman.
wood working sign pimps faggots and benders

wooden wine bottle holders

wine tables wooden for garden

We watched morris dancers as we ate. Then prowled the craft stalls, before driving home. It was a really love;y day, great weather and so many nice dogs to see, including numerous border terriers, I look forward to taking Fizz again.

Did you get up to anything fun this weekend? Pop over to Facebook and let me know.

A Walk around Swanbourne Lake

What a gorgeous day we've had today. After yesterday's rain it was lovely to see the sun out, check the weather forcast and realise that it would last all day!

I slept in until 7.30am and woke to find hubby had got up at 4am and done 2 loads of washing. After a lazy breakfast of bagel and cream cheese, and a refreshing shower, I was all set by 9.30am and hubby and I decided to make the most of the day with a walk (teen remained resolutely in her room glued to her laptop)

We went to Arundel Park and walked around Swanbourne lake and it was beautiful. Warm and sunny enough, but with a slight chill that enabled a brisk walk without getting sweaty. We saw lots of ducks and geese of course, and I even spotted a cheeky stoat dashing about the path as we passed by.

Entry to the park is free and dogs are allowed on the public footpath bits (on a lead only). It's a lovely place for kids, and the whole family. We finished up with a coffee and cake at the lodge tea rooms, whilst watching the birds.

Lake and island arundel birds

coot swimming on clear water

swan and coot swimming

castle lodge huntung lodge on a hillside

tree roots
ferns moss and trees green

fallen twisted tree and lake

keep out deep mud sign lake

swanbourne lake arundel

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