medieval festivals

In the summer of 2007, BASH created a series of events to commemorate the 1457 siege of Sandwich, an attack which changed the face of the town.
The events were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Pfizer Ltd, Awards For All and other local supporters. The programme included a series of open lectures on medieval culture, an exhibition on the siege and 15th century life in the town, a concert, a morality play and a three day medieval market and fair over the August Bank Holiday. Workshops for families, including authentic costume-making, puppetry and mask making, were held during the summer.

The medieval fair began with a procession through the town, including armed knights and foot soldiers, horses, processional giants, costumed musicians, representatives of the churches of Sandwich and the greatest gathering of civic dignitaries in the country. Church bells were tolled for the duration of the parade, and the fair began with the sounding of Sandwich's ancient ceremonial moot horn.

view panoramic images of the Sandwich 1457 events


BASH’s first event was Medieval Mayhem 2006, a weekend of medieval entertainments over the August Bank Holiday.
A market and fair were held during the day, with evening events from early music group Misericordia and storyteller Ben Haggarty.

Medieval Mayhem was supported by community funding. BASH is grateful to Awards for All, the Tollbridge Fund of Sandwich and Pfizer Ltd for making the events possible.

medieval mayhem fair 2006