Medieval Weekend 2017


River Hamble Country Park


July 15 & 16 11am-4pm

Entry is Free*

*Carparking charges may apply


Historical re-enactments, a medieval village featuring authentic cooking, combat demonstrations and travelling players performing a series of rambunctious plays will help bring the past to life in a FREE weekend of entertainment for all the family.

Presented by the Road To Agincourt, a project supported by Eastleigh Borough Council, the Medieval Weekend will take place at River Hamble Country Park on the weekend of July 15 and 16. It follows on from last year’s popular event that saw more than 2,000 people attend.

The special festival will celebrate the launch of The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieua new digital portal exploring the history of Henry V’s ‘great ships’ – the Grace Dieu and Holigost.

Designed and created by members of Tec Hub Eastleigh, the museum will be going live in July, with visitors to the event having the first chance to explore the virtual exhibitions via a set of on-site computers.

The Virtual Museum can be explored by anyone with a computer or smartphone, and is home to an array of information documenting the region’s connections to the Battle of Agincourt; including how the Grace Dieu, once the ‘biggest ship in the world’, was constructed in Southampton Docks and how both she and Holigost ended up as wrecks at the bottom of the River Hamble.

The Museum will be launched by Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Maureen Sollitt at 2pm on Saturday 15th outside the main tent.

The museum also features a link to an actual size virtual reality Grace Dieu that visitors to the Medieval Festival, using a smartphone, will be able to see “emerge” as a complete warship from the site of the wreck in the River Hamble.

Other attractions at this year’s Medieval Weekend include demonstrations of authentic medieval crafts such as leather working, pole turning, felting and herbology, themed children’s activities, guided walks along the interactive King’s Great Ships Trail, and the opportunity to take part in medieval sports and dancing. On Saturday (July 15) there will also be a series of special talks by leading historians including the world expert on Holigost, Dr Ian Friel.

The Road To Agincourt is a two-year project linked to the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, run by Eastleigh Borough Council and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. The battle was an iconic moment in English history and has a lasting impact on the local landscape of Hampshire.

Watch the highlights from last year’s event:

Writer’s Talks (Saturday Only) – headlined by Dr Ian Friel

Saturday 15th at the Medieval Weekend, River Hamble Country Park, sees a selection of writers and historians giving talks on topics related to King Henry V and his navy. Check out times and descriptions below, and read on for short blurbs of our authors.

12:00pm – Take a look into the historical context of the Grace Dieu, examining war, the import of a strong fleet and the crown’s recruitment and assembly processes with Dr Craig Lambert.

12:30pm – Learn about the all new Virtual Museum from 3D Designer and Archeologist Grant Cox.

1:00pm – An exploration of the naval battle of the Chef de Caux, known by the English as Seynhed. This will be followed by a talk with the author at the Grace Dieu site at 2.15pm

Dr Ian Friel is a museum and heritage interpretation consultant, historian and writer with more than 30 years experience. He also has an international reputation in the field of maritime history. His latest book, Henry V’s Navy, is involved with Historic England and the University of Southampton in the investigation of a possible site of Henry V’s great ship Holigost in the River Hamble.


Grant Cox is a University of Southampton Archaeological Computing (Virtual Pasts) graduate and founder of digital heritage dissemination and reconstruction company Artas Media. Grant has worked on a number of projects, most notably the virtual reconstruction of ship wrecks and surrounding sites, such as the Invincible and the Coronation. Grant has also been instrumental in the digital 3D reconstruction of the Grace Dieu for the Virtual Museum.


Historian Dr Craig Lambert is a Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Southampton specialising in late medieval maritime history, with a focus on naval logistics during the Hundred Years War. Craig also examines the socio-economic position (and demographics) of 14th and 15th Century ship-board and coastal communities, and the size, composition and geographical distribution of the late medieval English merchant fleet.



The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu Trailer

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