WORKSHOPS & EXPERIENCES

ARCHERY ACADEMY

NOCK, DRAW, LOOSE

For those who want to immerse themselves in the skills of an archer, this half-hour session will give you an intensive grounding in medieval archery. From the basics of target shooting, to instinctive aiming and medieval hunting techniques, we will cover it all. Before you know it we’ll have you ready to join your own merry band, all set to rob from the rich and give to the poor. The Session is suitable for anyone although we do recommend a minimum age of 12.

Sons of Ivaldi Blacksmithing and Leather Craft Workshop

FORGE STEEL & CRAFT LEATHER

Learn the basics of blacksmithing from the Sons of Ivaldi – professional full-time blacksmiths who are taking a holiday in the moral realm to teach us these ancient skills. Put your new skills to the test crafting a piece of modern history to take home with you, such as a belt buckle, bottle opener, toasting fork or even phone stand (because even the Norse dwarves need to stay connected). All materials and PPE will be provided.

Choose from one of four projects in this Leather Craft one-hour workshop that introduces you to leatherworking. Learn the basics of leather craft, including decorative stamping, stitching and riveting. Make a coin pouch, card wallet, glasses or pencil case or a riveted axe frog to take home with you as a special memento of the Kingdom of Loxwood.

Closed-toed shoes and long trousers are a must! Long hair must be tied back. Over 16 with supervision otherwise over 18s only.

A young squire practices his sword skills during a sword workshop
KNIGHT SCHOOL

MASTER THE SWORD

Discover the glory of battle as you learn the basics of handling a sword and buckler in combat. The skills taught in this half-hour session 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.

The Mediaeval Baebes on stage at the Loxwood Joust Festival
BAEBES IN SONG

MEDIEVAL BALLADS

Katharine Blake, the musical director and composer of Mediaeval Baebes hosts this unforgettable singing workshop. Learn songs from the Mediaeval Baebes repertoire, and hear about the band’s history, before your chance to ask Katherine questions in a Q & A session. This workshop is fit for all ages and levels of experience – being able to read music is not a requirement. Join in the fun…The more the merrier!

TABLET WEAVING

LOOM & CARDS

Try your hand at tablet weaving (One of the oldest and simplest weaving techniques) and watch as, with a few turns of the cards, a wonderful pattern appears. With the looms set up and ready to go this is a great activity for adults and children alike (7 and over with parental supervision), and you get to keep what you weave.

ILLUMINATION

MONSTROUS MARGINALIA

Jump into the weird world of Medieval Illumination! Choose from pre-drawn bloodthirsty bunnies, gruesome grotesques, naught nuns and monsterous marginalia, and spend a relaxing hour painting your own medieval masterpiece. All materials supplied, no artistic skills necessary. Just bring a steady hand and an open mind. 12 years and over.

A celebrant holds a mystical potion during a medieval ceremony
WEDDINGS

MEDIEVAL CEREMONY

Experience a truly ancient and nature-based ceremony. We are pleased to offer everything from Medieval Handfasting to full bespoke weddings taking place in the Faerie Woodland at Loxwood Joust.

A blacksmith forges steel during a workshop at Loxwood Joust Festival
BLACKSMITH

FORGE STEEL

Have a banging time this summer with our one-hour blacksmith workshops giving you the chance to learn new skills by forging your own medieval creation in steel. Over 16s only.

Men prepare armour during a chainmail workshop
CHAINMAIL

CRAFT ARMOUR

Craft yourself some new bling in a metalworking workshop with historical Truro-based metalsmith Anna Rennie. 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. 16 years and over only.

A copper bowl is formed during a hammer and punch workshop
COPPER BOWL

HAMMER & PUNCH

Make your own functional bowl in copper using traditional techniques by hand and personalise your creation with your name using letter punches. Some hand strength required for hammering! 16 years and over only.

Copper wares are proudly displayed after a cuff-making workshop
COPPER BANGLE

BUCKLE & EMBELLISH

Using traditional silversmithing techniques, learn how to make a copper cuff bangle and personalise with words or patterns. Hand strength and dexterity is essential. All tools and materials provided in this hour-long workshop. 16 years and over only.

SCRIBE SCHOOL

SCRIBE LIKE ROYALTY

Learn basic pen skills, practice the alphabet and have a go at writing your name in a Gothic style with a quill. All materials are provided and your quill is yours to keep, along with a guide to Gothic writing. Scribe scholars also get a discount on calligraphy supplies from the stall. Please be aware that using dip pens and ink can be messy. Suitable for older children and adults. Younger children are welcome but may not find it easy.

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