When is it?
The Loxwood Joust’s unrivalled programme of mediaeval revelry and mayhem guarantees a fun and educational day out for all the family on the 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th August.
Experience the verve and vigour of a world where lives were harsh and hearts were passionate as you walk through the Living History Village and see the inhabitants go about their daily life. Then in the battlefield beyond, harken to the call of booming cannon fire and the clash of steel on steel as the mighty battle takes place in front of your eyes.
Watch the magnificent fully armoured jousting knights earn honour and valour with the pounding of horse’s hooves, as they present a fast-paced, all action jousting tournament that will always amaze and astound. And explore the Mediaeval Market Place where traders bring their wares to sell just like peddlers of old.
Treat yourself to a meal with The Queen of Loxwood at her sumptuous five course banquet and be entertained by court jesters, live music and riddlers as you dine. Then at the Mead Shack in the woods, sample the ‘Nectar of the Gods’ whilst the Mediaeval Baebes entrance and soothe with magical voices, and the hypnotic belly dancers dance.
Meet the Faerie Goddess, impart your wishes and place her blessing at the Crescent Moon Temple as she brings you closer to the Loxwood nature spirits; and perhaps you will take part in a true pagan ceremony to renew your vows or have a full bespoke handfasting wedding.
Over the bridge dwells the den of the witches where these creatures most foul will lure and beguile you with their spells and incantations. And in mediaeval times when crime and punishment was a grim affair, nothing brings that reality to light more than the gruesome and frightening apparition that is the Executioner dressed all in black.
Join the blacksmith to master the art of metalwork, undertake chain-mailing as you create your own jewellery, or try your hand at copper bowl making, whilst younger ones create a badge in pewter and punch their name or initials on to copper charms.
Then in the far corner of the Midsummers Meadow nestles the Children’s Kingdom; a festival within a festival, where the Mediaeval Groat is the currency. Here you will find all manner of exciting activities, including have-a-go archery, pelt the peasant, face and wound painting, donkey rides, jester school and of course the bouncy castle.
Both adults and children can learn some long sword moves at sword school, and try their hand at hitting the life-size boar and stag as they test their bow skills against the exciting range of targets.
To enter the competition read the text above and enter using the form below. Closing date is 19th July.
So there you have it, The Loxwood Joust is a festival like no other, as history comes to life each day from 10am to 6pm. Advance tickets are available at www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk