The Loxwood Joust is set to become an annual event for the village after a successful first year despite thunderous rain cutting it in half.
Maurice Bacon, the organiser of the event - billed as the UK’s premiere ‘Medieval Fun Day Out’ - said the first day of the event had proved its popularity and he would definitely return at the same time next year.
“Saturday was absolutely fabulous,” he said. “Sunday it was raining from 6.30am until 11am.
“On Saturday night I went to bed knowing there was a good forecast, but by 9.30am on Sunday we realised we couldn’t go ahead because we might not be able to get cars in and out of the car park.”
The last-minute cancellation caused dismay for those who travelled from as far as Essex to get to the event. One woman pronounced on the event’s Facebook site: “Wasn’t nice driving all that way with kids to get turned away at the gate!”
However other feedback praised the event as a big hit.
“I just want to say thanks to all involved, we had an amazing time on Saturday, and were there from 10am-6pm.
“All the re-enactors and the people in the living history village were lovely, so nice. The lady in purple and black and the executioner were particularly great.”
Alongside the medieval tournaments were the traditional delights of The Medieval Baebes; a jester; puppeteers; dance troupes; archery; fine ales; local organic fare; face and wound painting; and a bouncy castle.
Maurice predicts that around 2,000 people attended the event on the Saturday and expected that another 3,000 would have attended on the Sunday. Everybody loved the site. When you walk in the gates it’s like walking into the 15th century as it’s surrounded by trees and you can’t see any houses, cars, or telegraph poles.
“Everyone there gets into the spirit, even the litter pickers are in costume.”
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