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Showing posts with label sussex. 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 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

Camping, fabulous (semi-wild) camping

So, DD and I met up with my brother and his children and we all went camping at Dernwood Farm. It's sort of wild. There are flushing loos, running (cold) water and it's pretty busy but it's just a field, no marked pitches and you can have real fires (which was one of the main reasons we picked this site and was a great addition to camping)
crochet bunting decorating a canvas tent
There is a long walk from the car park but that's a big plus as there are no cars on the actual site to worry about. No danger for the kids and no car noise. (and safety for the many toads on the site)
toad in the grass
We visited Hailsham Leisure Centre on the one day it rained and the girls had great fun on the flume and in the pool. We also did a quick bit of charity shop shopping. On  the Sunday we went to Hastings and the girls played on the extremely windy beach.
windy beach in summer with children in wellies
shingle beach in summer
carrying wellies up a shingle beach
hair blowing in the wind
On the Monday wewent to Heathfield for the french market (in full moustache mode), made candles, bought bread and generally had a fab time.
three children in fake moustaches
candles at a french market
making candles at a french market
garlic at a french market
Eiffel towers for sale at a french market
And every night was fire and marshmallow night.
toasting marsh mallows over an open fire
toasting marsh mallows over an open fire
eating a toasted marsh mallow on a stick
toasting marsh mallows over an open fire
open fire
Now we can't wait for our next adventure!

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