The Abbey Medieval Festival and Banquets is an honoured annual event that has been held in July every year for the past 27 years.
For one weekend the grounds of the Abbey come alive with knights, ladies, street performers and more. Walk around and watch traditional medieval craft and arts being made. Take the time to taste traditionally made food and drinks. Browse and buy medieval styled jewellery. But best of all be thrilled by armoured knights fighting and jousting.
The festival and banquets are accessible to wheelchairs As a lot of the festival is on grass if you have an off-roader, you might want to use that one. It is your choice to dress up in Medieval garb to attend the festival.
In addition to the festival there are two Medieval Banquets one of which is held to herald the beginning of the Medieval Festival, the other after it is over. The banquets are completely authentic, from the food served to the plates and cutlery used. The organisers are researchers, archaeologists and museologists, which almost guarantees the highest level of authenticity possible.
During the dinner you will be entertained by performers, whilst dining on traditional food and you can purchase drinks including cider and mead. There will also be a type of magician that will magically produce a highly realistic instant drawing of the occasion (aka a photographer).
I highly recommend attending the banquet in your best medieval clothing and turning off (and possibly hiding) your mobile phones.
The Abbey Medieval Festival and Banquets are the best way to totally immerse yourself in a world that has long since disappeared. By attending, you are helping raise money to maintain the artefacts and history kept at the Abbey Museum. A wonderful and amazing collection that has intrigued me since my childhood.