Discover the importance of midsummer in the Tudor calendar as a time to give thanks for the sunshine, warmth and rain which nourished the crops.
Midsummer was an important festival for the Tudors. Join us on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June to experience our Tudor Midsummer Celebrations. Midsummer in Tudor times was a mix of celebrations honouring the Celtic Beltain festival and the Christian St John’s night. It also marks the summer solstice and really was the middle of summer which started on May Day and finished with the first harvest at the beginning of August. It was a time for celebration in the Tudor calendar and people living in the hall would have planted the crops and be looking forward to the harvest season.
Visitors can join us on a Midsummer parade with giant puppets and models, designed to scare off evil spirits that were believed by the Tudors to threaten their safety around soltice and potentially ruin the harvest. You will also be able to make your own willow crown, decorated with protective foliage while learning more about this sensory celebration. Or why not let your hair down and dance in our orchard, accompanied by the entertaining Renaissance musicans Piva who will be performing a various times throughout the day.
As well as the opportunity to join in the music and dancing and the parades, visitors can also find out more about this wonderful, wonky old house and join one of our popular free tours to hear the fascinating story of the Moreton family. There’s also the chance to find out more about life in Tudor England with the ongoing exhibition, ‘Welcome to the sixteenth scent-ury,' which explores the
Normal admission prices apply (free to National Trust members and unders 5s). Activities will be from 11:00am - 4:00pm.