The ever exciting and popular Knights of Royal England return to Hedingham to recreate the classic Tourney in front of the Keep, an awesome spectacle of chivalry, hand to hand combat, mounted challenges and dark deeds! Surrounding it all will be a bustling arena with craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment! The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery – have a go! Our Official Jester, Jonathan de Hadleigh, will cause his usual mayhem! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole and Coconut Shies provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!
Historia Normannis, a 12th century re-enactment society, are staging a triathlon challenge with teams of knights battling for supremacy! Picture medieval murderball with teams trying to knock the crests from opponents’ helmets! The teams will route march and even run a 5km course in full chain mail, and then compete in an archery competition! All in aid of Colchester Samaritans! Surrounding the castle will be a living history camp with an insight into the lives not only of knights and noblemen, but also ordinary people, and how they got through their days. There’ll be falconry displays, and you’ll be able to have a go at archery, and even fire a trebuchet! And of course, a full on, no holds barred battle to round things off nicely! It’s a great day out for all the family!
The Pantaloons are back, with their magical production of Shakespeare’s classic play. More details to follow..
Join Mole as he says ‘dang!’ and ‘blast it!’, throws down his broom and sets off on an adventure! On his journey he meets the effervescent Ratty, who introduces him to the wonders of picnics and messing about in boats; Badger, the wise old sage of the woods; and Toad (of Toad Hall), whose exploits cause all manner of mischief and upheaval. With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling we invite audiences to enjoy this classic tale of adventure, friendship and al fresco dining, in Boxtree’s unique and energetic way!
A great day out in the company of some interesting, beautiful and strange vehicles – and this year we will have a selection of fantastic and famous vehicles from Motion Picture Motors! If you have a classic car of your own, bring it along for free admission, but please note that pre-registration is essential.
The magnificent Destrier return! In custom-made suits of authentic solid steel armour, they charge at speeds of over 40mph in a Tournament as close to the real thing as you will ever experience! Watch them arm! Thrill as they do battle! All around them the bustle and excitement of a medieval fair, with Archery you can test your skill at, our Jester, the irrepressible Jonathan de Hadleigh, the Medieval Archer, Musicians, Falconry Displays with Coda, Living History, Real Ale, Craft Stall, Maypole and Coconut shies, Donkey Rides and tours of the Castle, it’s a full day of excitement, involvement and stunning spectacle!
This year, the organisers will be aiming for a return to the ‘meeting of friends with a passion for Porsche’ scenario of the early iterations. Consequently for 2017 the moving parades will be replaced with a static chronological presentation on the long driveway to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the advent of the 911S in 1967. This will be one of the most complete line-ups of the 911S in this anniversary year, and will give visitors the opportunity to get close to the cars and their owners.
The event is pre-book only, and tickets will not be available on the gate as in previous years.
To pre-book, and for all enquiries, please visit the Porsche Club of Great Britain website.
No tickets are available from Hedingham Castle.
A Wedding Open Day at Hedingham Castle provides the perfect opportunity to look round this most romantic of venues. The Marquee and the Castle will be dressed and full of our selected suppliers. Discuss menus and flowers, photographers and favours, with our wedding coordinators on hand to answer any of your questions.