The school holidays are fast approaching and finding different things to do to fill the summer days is not always easy. However, a rare mix of opportunities, excitement and fun for children of all ages, awaits children at the Loxwood Joust as this unique family event provides an action packed day out.
Nestled at the top of Midsummers Meadow you will find the Children’s Kingdom; a festival within a festival, where the Mediaeval Groat is the currency. It is here that you will find all manner of activities and where young princes and princess can take part in a myriad of goings-on tailor made just for them.
Having seen some of his antics at the entrance gate upon arrival, Devilstick Peat’s jester shows raise laughter from children and parents alike, before many then partake in his jesting skills workshops to hone and fine tune some of the many tricks required by a mediaeval jester.
But maybe their sights are set on a trail of valor, and taking part in the knight training school would enable them to rise to the challenge? On joining the swordsmen and with a promise to behave with honor, the 30 minute sessions will teach all budding knights – both young and more mature! – the basics of handling a sword and buckler in combat. With the steps, the sword moves and the attack and defense strokes this is not a school for the feint hearted, as the trainee swordsmen are trained in authentic mediaeval swordsman’s skills for combat.
For some, the chance to wield the most deadly weapon on the battlefield is more of a draw, and archery is a must. This is the chance to test their bow skills against the exciting range of targets, but can they hit the life-size boar and stag?
A more relaxing choice and a favorite for some young princesses, is the stunning face painting; although those of a more daring nature can leave parents aghast with the very realistic and ghastly wound painting instead. And as a unique memento of their day in mediaeval times, the chance to cast their pewter pendant from molten metal, before proudly displaying it for all to see is a winner all round.
Then there is Pelt the peasant! This fun activity always brings a huge smile to children’s faces as they throw wet sponges at the peasants, or their parents, as they stand in the stocks. All for a good cause and wonderfully cooling on a hot summers day, the more sponges thrown, the more money raised for the chosen charity.
And do not forget that all around the Loxwood Meadows the characters are delighted to explain, demonstrate and answer the very searching questions posed by younger minds. Perhaps they would like to try on some armour, receive favors from the Queen, or learn about our connection with nature from the wise women witches and faeire goddess mother. The executioner will demonstrate his knowledge of crime and punishment, maybe the swordsmen will teach the dance steps essential to good swordsmanship, and they could try their hand at Tafl in the living history village.
But that is not all… Roving entertainers will engage and delight as they stroll round the site and Lullaby Lisa with her giant soft companions will be telling her wondrous tales to delight her audience. And of course along with the bouncy castle and donkey rides, there are photo opportunities galore. Whether it be with a jousting knight, or a knight in full battle armour, with Queen Katheryn Adelina 1st or whilst standing with witches around a cauldron, the opportunities for children to pose with their favorites are many.
The Loxwood Joust returns to Loxwood Meadow on the 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th August. Each day from 10am to 6pm an unrivalled programme of mediaeval revelry guarantees a day out like no other, at this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family!
The Loxwood Joust is excellently located just off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood and has ample Free Parking.