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The Loxwood Joust 2016
Review
Starts with a bang ... Blue skies welcomed everyone to the first day of the 2016 Loxwood Joust....Now in year five and in the last two years it has spread over two consecutive weekends , the Loxwood Joust is proving very popular with all the medieval fans. A great event for all the family with everyone catered for with its wide variety of attractions... "TWO WEEKENDS OF MEDIAEVAL MAYHEM...6th, 7th, 13th & 14th AUGUST 2016. 10AM-6PM DAILY" Something for everyone... The the Living History Village, situated in the Mediaeval Meadow has people from all walks of medieval life...on the day we were there over twenty groups were in attendance ... Full list for those interested....all worthy of a mention for their hard work and attention to detail.... The Bowmen of Beaulieu, Kernow Levy,The Company of Ordinance,The Thomas Fitzgerald Household,The Company of the Black Serpent,The Wessex Medieval Alliance,The Wolfshead Bowmen,The Wessex Invaders and Settlers Empire,The Greyhounds of St. Edmunds,The British Plate Armour Society,The Hazlegrove Archers,The Sutton Household,The Order of the Griffin,Milwr Morganwyr,The Bailey Household,The Mitchleham Bowmen,The DeWestwicks, The Devon Medieval Combat Alliance,The Legion of the Stag,The Free Company,The Order of the Phoenix, and Domus Lunaris,Medieval Siege Society,The Paladins of Chivalry, and The Retinue of Sir Henry Wingfield (Winners of the living history award).... You can walk around and see how life really was back in the day. How they cooked,the clothes they wore, and always plenty of armour and weapons. Take time to talk to the re-enactors who are always knowledgeable and keen to tell you of medieval life and times....

Another popular stop is the executioner, Under the hanging gallows he can be found informing the crowds with gory tales of how his world of crime & punishment was undertaken back in medieval times....He has a wide and varied assortment of tools of the trade...many of which, just the name would convince the guilty to confess...

The Executioner

The Enchanted woodland ...

The Witches of the enchanted wood

The Woodland Stage...

One of the things that makes the Loxwood festival stand out is the great entertainment on the woodland stage....From the haunting music of The Mediaeval Baebes and Portcullis Minstrels,the enchanting dancing of the Sultan’s Sirens and new this year to Loxwood the brilliantly funny and great juggling skills of Lancelot The Bald who's performance had everyone hooked......

The Mediaeval Baebes

Portcullis Minstrels

The Sultan’s Sirens

Lancelot The Bald

The Jousting Arena....
Good vs Evil in the tilt yard
Battle of the Nations...

Battle of the Nations...hard hitting full contact medieval combat...

Definitely for me one of the highlights of the event..."They certainly don’t hold back"

With a variety of weapons from swords to battle axes, they compete one on one and in multiple teams with the aim to force their opponents to the ground...

The fighting is fast and intense with heavy blows being exchanged on a regular basis....

"I take my hat off to their armourers"...They all walked away exhausted in the heat but in one piece...

The Childrens Kingdom ...

The children’s kingdom is perfect for the younger ones with plenty to keep them amused Devil Stick Peat the Jester, Masked Fairy Tales and Have-a-Go Archery, Face and Wound Painting, Pelt The Peasant, Sword School and The Bouncy Castle.....

Elsewhere in the arenas there are the always popular birds of prey and the Medieval Housewife with stories of medical madness from the middle ages.

The Loxwood tavern is a welcome stop in the warm weather.There is a Hog roast and along with other Various food stalls and other traders selling medieval themed items....many hand crafted..

You will find jewlery, clothes, leather goods,wooden furniture and pottery to name a few....

Loxwood even has a special mead made just for the event, it's on sale at the on-site mead booth....

The Battlefield ...
Jack Cade & Duke of Buckingham

Twice daily battles between Jack Cade and his men vs The Duke of Buckingham and soldiers of the crown were re-enacted on battlefield arena ....

The air was filled with the smoke from cannons and guns, while arrows rained down on the advancing troops.Armoured knights from both sides then clashed in fierce combat over and over again until finally Jack Cade was forced to surrender to the kings men.....

"Excellent battles especially in the heat of the mid day sun roasting them in their armour"..

And finally.... a huge pat on the back to all the organisers for a well run event that certainly has something for everyone of all ages...

If you read this in time there is always next weekend to see it all again...failing that you will have to put it in your diaries for next year...  "it is always the first two weekends in August"......

See you there...

Map courtesy of the Loxwood Joust

For more information on "The loxwood Joust" or to visit please check out their website ......

 

legendpresents.co.uk/loxwoodjoust

To find out more information on Battle of the Nations and where to see them check out their website or social media ......

 

battleofthenations.org

To find out more information on The Mediaeval Baebes and where to see them check out their website or social media ......

 

www.mediaevalbaebes.com

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