Medieval Weekend at Michelham Priory

One of the many historic venues and certainly one of the best-kept in  East Sussex is the 800 year-old Michelham Priory. It was constructed as a monastery for Augustinian canons until the dissolution of English monasteries during the Tudor period resulted in some disrepair. In more recent times Michelham became a stately country house until taken on by The Sussex Archeological Society and Sussex Past and subsequently opened to the public. Michelham Priory has the longest medieval water filled moat in England and this dates back to 1229.

From Beechwood, Michelham Priory is just 20 minutes drive and on the 8th/9th September, it hosts a Medieval Weekend. This is an exciting throwback for all ages to medieval life, which draws together lots of re-enactors to battle it out, along with many stalls housing medieval-style traders and musicians. There will be displays of wares from the 11th century Viking period to the late Tudor period. You can sample traditional medieval cuisine, washed down with hot mead before trying your hand at long-bow archery.

With the often good September weather, it promises to be an exciting weekend to be enjoyed by the whole family.