Loxwood Joust: two-day medieval festival opens today

Gilbert Savage the Executioner
Gilbert Savage the Executioner

Today starts a two-day medieval festival in Loxwood Meadow where knights and steeds will compete in a jousting tournament.

There will also be a medieval village complete with masked executioner, wandering minstrels and a court jester; battle camp with daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire; and atmospheric singing from the award winning ‘Mediaeval Baebes’.

The festival is in support of Chestnut Tree House hospice, Sussex’s only children’s hospice, and fine ales and local organic ‘fayre’ will be available.

In the Children’s Kingdom little knights and princesses can use their ‘Groats’ for Have a Go Archery, Wound Painting and to ‘Pelt the Peasant’. And there are workshops recalling tales of Sussex dragon-lore.

Tickets cost £14 for adults, £7 for children (4-14), are free for under fours, £12 for OAPs and £38 for a family of two adults and two children.

The Loxwood Joust is taking place on August 3 & 4 from 10am to 6pm at Loxwood Meadow, West Sussex.

It is located just off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood.