Image by kind permission of Simon Kelsey

Gallant knights and fair maidens will roam the castle gardens at Medieval Merriment, a free family event taking place at Rochester Castle Gardens during the weekend of Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 September.

The gardens will be transformed into a medieval encampment with a whole array of themed activities, including re-enactments, cooking demonstrations, have-a-go archery, stalls, traders and living history displays.
New features for this year’s event include a medieval fashion show depicting changes in dress through the years, and there’s even the chance to have a personal meeting with the King himself between 12noon and 3pm each day in the castle keep.
Local drama group the United Players will perform four short medieval plays throughout the day. The performances are;
12:15pm The Washtub Farse, a traditional medieval French comedy performed in English
1pm The Miller’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales
2:30pm The Pardoner’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales
4pm The Wife of Bath from The Canterbury Tales

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “We’re very pleased to add a touch of open air theatre to this year’s event, along with plenty of other attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. It’s also a great way for younger children to have fun while they learn about this important period in our history”.

Medieval Merriment runs from 11am to 5pm each day and admission is free for all the attractions in the Castle Gardens. For entrance into the castle keep normal prices apply.