Events

April
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Sunday 20th and Monday 21st Medieval Siege and Fair 10.00 to 5.00 Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00

The year is 1471. The Wars of the Roses lay waste to England’s green and pleasant pastures. The date is the 20th of April. John de Vere, the Earl of Oxford and key commander of the Lancastrians, having defeated William Lord Hastings at the battle of Barnet on the 14th of April, has escaped to Scotland following the Yorkists’ ultimate victory.

A force under the orders of William Lord Hastings, smarting from his loss of face on the battlefield, has marched the 50 miles from Barnet to take Hedingham Castle and seek vengeance.

One of Oxfords friends, loyal Lancastrian Lord Bonivent, has come from his castle at Stone in Kent to defend his ally’s family home. Will the castle hold? Or will Oxford lose his home and lands to one of his most hated rivals?

The return of the Medieval Siege Society will answer these questions in fine martial style! In amongst the bustle of the camp – a snapshot of life in the high medieval period – there’s Archery, Birds of Prey, a Maypole, Donkey Rides, The Dragons of Wye-Ten with a Dragon’s Egg Hunt and Puppet Theatre Shows, the Jester, Musicians and Coconut Shies! A Trebuchet in action! A set piece Battle! The Arming of the Knights! There’ll be craft stalls and traders, and lots of food stalls! The Keep will be open to explore – come early and enjoy a full day, packed with spectacle and fun!

No dogs are allowed at this event because the birds of prey may attack them.

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May
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Sunday 4th and Monday 5th Jousting with Destrier! 10.00 to 5.00 Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00

For the very first time at Hedingham Castle, the Knights of Destrier! Clad in classic 15th century armour and mounted on feisty warhorses, the Knights are ready for the ultimate test – the tournament! Wearing real steel, they do battle as did the knights of old. At closing speeds of up to 40 mph, they shatter their lances, wood on metal! And among them, all the bustle and excitement of a medieval fair, with Archery, Jonathan de Hadleigh, Jester to the Castle, The Medieval Archer, Musicians, the Maypole and the Birds of Prey! With craft stalls, a variety of food vendors, Donkey Rides, Face Painting and the Castle Bar, it’s a full day of excitement, involvement and thrilling spectacle!

No dogs are allowed at this event because the birds of prey may attack them.

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Sunday 18th Vintage Fair 10.00 to 5.00 Normal entry pricing

A Vintage Affair returns, bigger and better than ever before! Live music, stalls of all descriptions, dancers, hair styling, classic cars – a triumph of style and glamour!

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Sunday 25th and Monday 26th Jousting with The Knights of Royal England! 10.00 to 5.00 Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00

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 full of craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment! The Dragons of Wye-Ten Puppet Theatre Show will be back, performing throughout the day! The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery – have a go! Lavenham Falconry will be displaying their Birds of Prey! Our Official Jester, Jonathan de Hadleigh, will cause his usual mayhem! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole, Coconut Shies and Face Painting provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!

No dogs are allowed at this event because the birds of prey may attack them.

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June
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Friday 20th The Hut People 7.30pm All tickets £12.50

Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe with their varied material, they perform a hugely engaging, entertaining and truly unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed and embellished with the driving accordion and a dazzling array of exotic percussion.

Accordionist Sam Pirt and Percussionist Gary Hammond both have extensive backgrounds in music – having been part of and performed alongside legendary acts such as The Beautiful South, Nina Simone, The Dubliners and Sharon Shannon, their playing is still very much in high demand.

Great music and virtuosity aside, a show from The Hut People is overflowing with humor, spontaneity and a 100% commitment to their getting-the-crowd-involved ethos. Don’t miss them.

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July
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Sunday 6th Wedding Open Day 11.00 to 4.00 Free admission

Hedingham Castle is the most romantic place for a wedding. The Banqueting Hall, shimmering with candlelight, for an unforgettable ceremony, photographs on the Tudor Bridge and your reception in the hall of the Mansion House overlooking the formal gardens and the lake. Our beautiful Marquee on the Tulip Lawn is perfect for the wedding breakfast. Come and see for yourself, talk to our wedding coordinators, soak up the atmosphere. Discuss menus and flowers, and just set your imagination free.

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Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th Shakespeare’s Globe presents Much Ado About Nothing Doors open 6pm, performance starts 7pm Adults £17.50, Children & Concessions £12.00

Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being in denial, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, one of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most loveable pair of lovers. Our first outdoor production of the summer – bring a blanket or a fold up chair and enjoy open air theatre at its finest in the most splendid and atmospheric of settings on the grass in front of the keep.

Please don’t bring your dogs because there will be a lot of picnics!

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Sunday 27th The Pantaloons Theatre Company present A History of Britain 6.00pm Adults £14, Children & Concessions £10, Families £40

Mud, blood and stiff upper lips! It’s the History of Britain as you’ve never seen it before. Join the critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for a breathless race through centuries in this delightfully inventive open air show. Harold II and William the Conqueror don’t see eye to eye. Henry VIII decides five marriages just isn’t enough. Queen Victoria is most certainly not amused. This historically hysterical show is packed with songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages.

Please don’t bring your dogs because there will be a lot of picnics!

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August
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Sunday 3rd Chapterhouse Theatre Company present The Jungle Book 6.00pm Adults £14, Children & Concessions £10, Families £40

In the magical Indian jungle a new arrival changes the animal kingdom forever. In this beautiful adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, from returning production company Chapterhouse all your favourite animal characters are brought to life to create an enchanting and fun-filled open air musical show for children of all ages.

Please don’t bring your dogs because there will be a lot of picnics!

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Sunday 10th London Contemporary Theatre present Treasure Island 6.00pm Adults £14, Children & Concessions £10, Families £40

Buccaneers and buried gold! Stevenson’s classic tale of Pirates, Parrots and Pieces of Eight brought magically to life in the open air by London Contemporary Theatre.

Please don’t bring your dogs because there will be a lot of picnics!

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Sunday 17th Boxtree Productions present The Three Musketeers 6.00pm Adults £14, Children & Concessions £10, Families £40

All for One, and One for All!

Join young D’Artagnan on his quest to become a musketeer in this exciting new adaptation from Boxtree Productions. Meet Athos, Porthos and Aramis, who join forces with D’Artagnan to foil the evil plans of the scheming Cardinal Richelieu. Featuring original songs and spectacular, swashbuckling sword fights, the non-stop pace never lets up till the very end!

Please don’t bring your dogs because there will be a lot of picnics!

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Sunday 24th and Monday 25th Jousting with The Knights of Middle England! 10.00 to 5.00 Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00

Hedingham is pleased to welcome, for the first time, the astounding Knights of Middle England! Bold and bright costumes accompanied with stunts such as saddle falls, drags and rearing horses make this a show to remember! The evil Black Knight and his trusty fool cause havoc against the Earl of Warwick and his team of chivalrous Knights! Surrounding it all will be a bustling arena full of craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment! The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery – have a go! Lavenham Falconry will be displaying their Birds of Prey! Our Official Jester, Jonathan de Hadleigh, will cause his usual mayhem! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole, Coconut Shies and Face Painting provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!

No dogs are allowed at this event because the birds of prey may attack them.

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Sunday 31st Classic and Vintage Car Show 10.00 to 5.00 Normal entry pricing

A great day out in the company of some interesting, beautiful and strange vehicles – and their owners! And if you have a classic of your own, bring it along for free admission! We’ll have food vendors and the Castle Bar, the keep will be open and there are some wonderful walks in the grounds.

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September
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Sunday 7th Classics at the Castle 10.00 - 4.00 Prices tbc

A world class display with significant examples of Historic Porsche competition cars and outstanding examples of classic production cars – including some surprises!

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Sunday 28th Happy’s Circus 6.00pm Adults £10, Children & Concessions £8, Families £30

The enchanting world of Happys Circus comes to Hedingham for the first time.

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October
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Sunday 5th Wedding Open Day 11.00 to 4.00 Free admission

Hedingham Castle is the most romantic place for a wedding. The Banqueting Hall, shimmering with candlelight, for an unforgettable ceremony, photographs on the Tudor Bridge and your reception in the hall of the Mansion House overlooking the formal gardens and the lake. Our beautiful Marquee on the Tulip Lawn is perfect for the wedding breakfast. Come and see for yourself, talk to our wedding coordinators, soak up the atmosphere. Discuss menus and flowers, and just set your imagination free.

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Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th Haunted Hedingham From 6.00 Advance Booking Only. Adults £12.50, Concessions £9.00

The most terrifying ghost walk returns to chill the blood of mortals daring to brave the ancient long dead spirits of the night.

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