Tudor Festival Day
Sunday 14th July
Tickets: £8 per adult, £5 per child (under 16), under 5’s free,
£20 family ticket (2 adults plus 2 children)
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Tudor Blacksmithing demonstration
Mesmerising and impressive: forging over a 900 degrees+ fire in a wooden box! Master Thomas will be forging on a reconstructed forge, using actual charcoal and replica tools of the time. He will be making utensils, nails, tools for woodworking or farming, or even cooking knives. Thomas explains the life of blacksmiths in the 16th century and the technicalities of heating up iron and shaping it, how to become a master blacksmith and what other -sometimes gruesome- jobs they used to do for the villagers!
Tudor Spices and Feasting
Mistress Gabrielle presents the various spices and exotic foodstuffs known and used in 16th-17th c. England, and where they came from. She will demonstrate making marchepane (marzipan) by hand, sculpt, paint and gild (with real gold), and present gingerbread, sugar paste, ”wet suckets”…all sorts of sweet impressive dishes served at the end of feasts at ”sugar banquets” for important guests.
Albion Historical Falconry will be joining us at Hoghton Tower for an exploration of Tudor and Elizabethan Falconry. They will have a collection of historically accurate species of bird of prey on display all day, and welcome visitors to their ‘Mews Tent’ to see the birds up close, take photographs, ask questions, and for general historical chat. There will be two flying displays per day where they will showcase the natural flight styles and manoeuvres of several of the birds, in a display of free flight, accompanied by an enthralling commentary setting the birds into their historical context. There will be two storytelling sessions per day, suitable for all ages, to weave a tale of Tudor Falconry adventures.
The team will also showcase a collection of Renaissance Weaponry from the Tudor Era, during the middle of the day, to demonstrate the different weapons used by the Tudors, and the correct way in which they were used.
11am Falconry storytelling
12noon Falconry flying display
1pm Martial Arts
2pm Falconry storytelling
3pm Flying display
Tudor Music in period costume on authentic musical instruments
Additional charge for £2 per go
Introductory guided tour to Tudor life at Hoghton Tower
Places limited, free to attend, book your space on arrival
We recommend arriving no later than 12.30pm to ensure you can made most of the day. This is a family friendly event, recommended for children+5.