The Anglo-Saxons are coming (again!)

Almost exactly two years ago, we kicked off our summer of archaeology in the church yard with re-enactment group Ost Centingas who camped on Tayne Field over a weekend. As the Pathways to the Past project draws to a close this weekend, Ost Centingas are returning, this year, joining with East Sussex-based Haestingas to create a spectacular finale for both the project and the Lyminge Anglo-Saxon Festival 2021.

The combined group will be in costume on Tayne Field, Lyminge close to the Coach and Horses, (and the site of the Anglo-Saxon royal feasting halls) between 9am and 5pm on both Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July.  Over this time there will be set-piece displays, as well as the living history experience in Open Camp, featuring authentic craft activities, displays about food and fishing, and a full-sized long boat of the kind used in the Anglo-Saxon period.

The schedule for both days is as follows:

Open camp                        09.00-10.00

Combat training and displays                      10.00-11.00

Open camp                        11.00-12.00

Battle                                 13.00-14.00

Open camp                       14.00-15.00

Period games                     15.00-16.00

Open camp                       16.00-17.00

Come along and see history come to life

Don’t forget too that Queen Ethelburga’s Ale, our specially brewed festival ale, remains on sale and is available exclusively at the Coach and Horses in Lyminge.

And if hairy Anglo-Saxons or beer don’t quite float your boat, then come to the Parish Church to view the quilt exhibition put on by local group Ethelburga Quilters, which is also on Saturday and Sunday. On display will be the beautiful textile featuring archaeological finds from Lyminge the group has given to the church, that was dedicated by the Bishop of Dover last Saturday, as well as many other quilts created by the group. If that was not attraction enough, there will also be cream teas available at the church. What’s not to like!

Bishop Rose blesses the Ethelburga Quilt, watched by Chair of Ethelburga Quilters Liz Coleman

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