7, 8, 14 and 15 August 2021
The UK’s most spectacular medieval festival, Loxwood Joust, is stepping up a gear in 2021 with a new participatory element for its 10-year anniversary.
Teaming up with immersive event’s organiser Mostly Harmless Creations (Crystal Maze Live, Knightmare Live), the Loxwood Joust will this year expand upon its already packed agenda of fast-paced jousting, battle re-enactments and musical performances, to offer guests the chance to step inside this year’s story. Visitors will get to know the lords, ladies, knights and peasants; rub shoulders with the Royal Court and help decide the fate of the ne’er-do-wells that roam the kingdom.
Guests will enter the realm via the magical forest and be met by an array of colourful characters; each with a story to tell, rumours to spread or a favour to ask. Accept the right invitations, choose a quest and become an official ‘Citizen of Loxwood’ in this unique experience.
Danny Bacon, organiser of the Loxwood Joust explained: ‘With 10 exciting years to celebrate, we’re providing opportunities for the whole family to participate in the Loxwood Joust rather than just to spectate. We know from feedback that people love interacting with the Joust’s characters. So, with a quest to become an official ‘Citizen of Loxwood,’ and the chance to have an impact on the outcomes of this year’s story, we are proud to say this will be a first for a festival of this kind.’
‘People want to take part as much as watch, these days,’ says Mostly Harmless Creations Artistic Director Paul Flannery. ‘That’s what we do: we create a framework to allow people to get as involved as they want in the world and the stories we’re telling. It’s the age of play.’
Festivalgoers will be able to learn from the medieval characters who live in the battle camp, wander the grounds and become entwined in this year’s stories and outcomes. And add-on experiences for 2021 include:
- Handfasting ceremonies
- Blacksmithing workshops
- Sword school (in the children’s kingdom)
- Copper bowl making
- Chain mail making
- Singing workshops with the Medieval Baebes
- Medieval banquets
Experiences must be booked in advance when booking tickets at www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk.
The Loxwood Joust is excellently located just off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood and has ample Free Parking.