Jester Performances And Falconry Demonstrations For All The Family
Book tickets now for a fun-filled family festival in North Essex. The Medieval style event includes jesters and minstrels, falconry and sword-fighting.
Essex is the perfect place for a day out with all generations of the family. Whether you’re looking for woodland walks, a visit to the zoo or a trip to the seaside, the county has much to offer. Several family festivals take place throughout the year, but one that stands out from the crowd is the ‘Essex Family Medieval Festival’.
This event has the rather unusual theme of being medieval and there will be many people wearing traditional costumes at the festival. Visitors can expect to enjoy medieval displays and be entertained by lively performances from both jesters and minstrels.
Demonstrations of falconry and sword fighting are also extremely engaging. Falconry was an important and popular sport during the Medieval Ages that was enjoyed by nearly all social classes of people. On the other hand sword fighting would take place during combat in battle as well as during spectator-style tournaments.
For those members of the family who still appreciate some 21st century fun, there are fairground rides and bouncy castles on offer. Authentic stalls as well as food and drink options will also be available.
The historic site of Cressing Temple Barns is located between Witham and Braintree. The attractive setting includes beautiful gardens and listed barns. There are several gardens including one which has been built in the style of a Tudor Pleasure Shrubbery complete with walled features. The barns are of specific interest to historians, as they were erected in the 13th century, long after the land was given to the Knights Templar in 1137. The Barley and Wheat Barns are Grade-I listed as they are some of the oldest remaining Templar timber barns in the whole of the UK.
The event takes place at Cressing Temple near Braintree on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May 2016, which is the Mayday bank holiday weekend. The festival is from 10am to 5pm and there are no age restrictions for this day out. Advance tickets are currently being offered at a discount. Under 5s go free, but those aged between 5 and 14 years of age can pick up a ticket for £4 with a £1 booking fee. The rest of the family will be charged at £8 with at £1.05 booking fee.
Getting To The Event
Cressing Temple is well placed in the Northern part of the county of Essex. Those travelling by car will find it to be signposted from the B1018 road. Satnav motorists can use the postcode of CM77 8PD as their destination point.
If you’re a rail traveller, then the nearest station to the event is in Braintree which has services running from London Liverpool Street.
Places To Stay
For visitors that are not local to Essex or for those who would prefer to turn the festival into a great excuse for a short break away from home, there are some great accommodation options in the area. Hotels and B&Bs can be found in Braintree or Chelmsford, or for a perfect ‘home from home’ style stay, consider booking into Panfield House, which offers modern serviced four star accommodation.
As the event is taking place on a bank holiday, it’s a good idea to book your tickets now for this fun-filled family event for 2016.