This Bank Holiday weekend Hever Castle is hosting a three-day Tudor event (because of its connections with Anne Boleyn et al)
Therefore, the family Knight decided to pop down the road an check it out (instead of going all the way to Herstmonceux for the Medieval Festival again) as part of our long-weekend excitement.
Unsurprisingly, this was right in my wheelhouse: jousting, battle re-enactments, living history, the works.
Had some fascinating chats with the re-enactors and got to be a big kid trying on helmets and getting to swing a variety of weapons, including my first outing with a pole-arm (a bill, I believe).
I'm now more convinced than ever that pole-arms are totally impractical weapons for dungeon explorers! Sorry, Mr Gygax!
I also got to heft an axe, which I was rather taken by.
Even though it rained on and off, it was a brilliant day out. Alice always has a great time at Hever because she gets to meet lots of other dogs as well as plenty of friendly strangers.
I still can't get used to the amount of attention she gets; it makes Rachel and I very happy to see the smiles our puppy can bring out in complete strangers.
And it's really sweet when, later in the day, someone who met her earlier, will suddenly cry out: "Oh, it's Alice", when they spot her again.
|A quick lesson in the half-swording technique|
|Kiss My Axe! As you can tell from the grin I rather liked the axe!|
|Ye Olde Authentic Dogge Bowle|
|The obligatory family selfie - although Alice was more interested in all the other people!|