Jousting! Destrier 2020

Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August 10am - 5pm

Adults £15, Over 65s £13, Under 18s £ 10, Family £42, Under 5s £0. 10% off when booked on-line in advance!

The Knights of Destrier return! Jousting in custom-made suits of solid steel armour they clash in one of the most exciting and authentic Tournaments in England! With skill at arms demonstrations, a commentary on how the Knights prepare and arm themselves and the Jousting contest in the afternoon, this is a thrilling day out for all the family!

Other highlights include two displays from Coda Falconry, have-a-go archery with the Norfolk Longbowmen, the Jester, Musicians, Maypole dancing and Donkey Rides! The Castle will be open and full of living historians, and there are food stalls galore and a fully stocked bar! It’s a fabulous day out!

New for 2020 – Medieval Hand Fasting Ceremonies

Kate Millner, fully trained and experienced independent Celebrant will be offering traditional mini handfasting sessions to couples entering the castle on Joust days in 2020. Kate is no stranger to Hedingham Castle- you may have seen her performing as Judy, the Jester’s long-suffering wife in the Jester and Judy show over the last few years.

Now she brings an opportunity to be “bound” to your loved one in a traditional handfasting ceremony, joyfully witnessed by other supportive visitors to the Joust. You will have the option to don a cloak or a floral circlet, drink from the Quaich cup, offer your own personal words to your loved one as Kate “ties the knot” and to seal the deal by “jumping the broom”. Ceremonies will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis- just add your names to the chalk board as you arrive at Kate’s ceremonial Handfasting tent.

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