We have a wide range of experiences and workshops taking place at the festival . . .
Looking to have a banging time this summer? You’re in luck, as this year we welcome Brighton-based Odyssey Blacksmiths to the Loxwood Joust. Founder James Nye will offer one-hour workshops giving you the chance to design, shape and forge your own mediaeval (or modern) creation in shiny steel or copper. Or if you prefer watching metal to hitting it, James will hold a number of shows throughout the weekend demonstrating the most impressive and beautiful techniques that developed in metalwork throughout history. Over 16’s only.Book Now!
Craft yourself some new bling on a metalworking workshop this year with historical Truro-based metalsmith Anna Rennie. Anna is inspired by the beauty of the rugged Cornish landscape and coastline. Being passionate about her craft, she is also inspired by Viking culture, mediaeval and Tudor periods as well as the Arts and Crafts movement. You can see her work at steelmaiden.co.uk. Learn how to create the classic 4-in-1 steel chainmail worn by the knights of the realm, and make your own chainmail bracelet using traditional methods.Book Now!
Copper Bowl Making
Learn how to make your own functional bowl in copper using traditional techniques by hand. Personalise your creation with your name using letter punches. Some hand strength required for hammering!Book Now!
Looking forward to seeing the battles and jousts? Why not book a session at our Knight School and find out what it’s like to swing a sword yourself? Each session lasts for 30 minutes and will teach you the basics of handling a sword and buckler in combat. The skills taught are authentic to the mid 1400s and yes, it is a school, so be prepared to do some work. We suggest a minimum age of 7 years old for pre-booking. We will take younger children provided they have an adult with them but it would be best to come and see what’s involved first. There is no upper age limit, we firmly believe that adults should get a chance to play as well. It’s not just for boys either.Book Now!