We had a fighting arena, an archery range and some living history (candle-making, woodworking, wool carding/spinning/dying and me with my coin die, making silver pennies).
We camped in the castle grounds (my tent was in the dip to the left of the picture where the railing is). In the centre of this picture is the Abbey, still intact with the Hungerford tombs.
With daily shows for the public of armour, weapons, soldiers drill, on Saturday we added the excitement of a Knighting ceremony for our Lords de Beauchamp and Hungerford (jnr), and on Sunday we had an example of medieval mass (by 14C the mass was in English, which made life easier for our priest character!)
Here are de Beauchamp and Hungerford having a play session.......boys will be boys. Photo courtesy of Master Fellbrigg
Photos of re-enactment events are really hard to find, because we can't usually take photos - what with being 14C characters and all!
And, if you're interested, here is some information about Farleigh Hungerford Castle:
Farleigh Hungerford Castle began life as a manor house built by the Montfort family. In 1369-70 it was sold to Sir Thomas Hungerford, first Speaker of the House of Commons. He converted the property into a square castle with large corner towers, surrounded by a moat. In 1383 he was pardoned for having done this without a royal licence. In the early 15th century, his son, Sir Walter Hungerford, enlarged the castle by adding the outer court that enclosed the parish church, which he used as his chapel; it is thought that he built the present parish church nearby to replace it.
The castle was home to the Hungerfords for 200 years, but had fallen into ruin by the end of the 17th century. Little remains of the main castle building apart from some substantial ruined towers, but the gatehouse and curtain wall that protected the outer courtyard are largely intact and the old parish church it enclosed is well preserved and features some medieval wall paintings and one of the most important collections of lead coffins in the country.
Next weekend, it's Caerphilly Castle!
Naomi? Nah, it rained most of Saturday and again on Sunday (although we had some dry time). This is England, after all. But weather forecasting says Caerphilly might be nice :-)