Cowdray Ruins Fun

A weekend of historical events at Cowdray Ruins

Visitors from the Midhurst area as well as further afield came to Cowdray Ruins at the weekend to enjoy a successful Living History event on the Saturday and a fun 1940s Afternoon involving music, dancing and refreshments on the Sunday.

Children and adults enjoyed watching re-enactors in Medieval dress and a knight’s foot tournament as well as listening to story tellers and watching the birds of prey at the Living History Day. There was also have-a-go activities and crafts including crown and shield making and guided tours of the ancient Tudor Kitchen and the Tower.

A fun and vibrant 1940s Afternoon took place against the stunning backdrop of Cowdray Ruins on the Sunday. Local historian Tania Pons led a popular guided tour around the Ruins describing what went on in and around the Ruins during World War II.

This was followed by a 1940s Afternoon with music by vocalist Debbie Cobbett and a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Visitors enjoyed listening to 1940s classics with Jive ‘n’ Boogie leading the dancing in period dress encouraging members of the audience to participate.

Land Girls at Large had a land army display featuring information about the Cowdray Estate during the war. Photographs of the Midhurst District during the war including pictures of the Cowdray Estate were also on display.

Sally Guile, Operations Manager of Cowdray Heritage, said: “We are thrilled that so many people have enjoyed two very different historical events set against the stunning backdrop of Cowdray Ruins. On both days there was a fun and vibrant atmosphere at the Ruins, and it was great that so many people came to support us.

“We would very much like to do more events like this which has attracted interest both locally and from further afield. Thank you to Cowdray Heritage staff and the volunteers who helped make the events such a success.”

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