Had never heard of it before but had passed the sign on Stratford road a few times so thought I would check it out. Really glad I did, we had a fantastic time. Falconry show was amazing and they may not have birds as big as Warwick Castles but the information given and character performance was far better, learnt show much new information in the show and did an experience sitting on the floor and the owl flew over which is worth volunteering for, don't be scared its much more fun when you join in with the shows. The blacksmith was great and I had a long chat with him being a smithy myself and the site is yet to utilize him to his full ability as there is so much he could do and is able to do if allowed to by the site and given a slightly more equipped working room to the standard that would have been there historically.
The sword demo was really good as well and I am so glad that they are teaching historical fencing and showing the difference to some of the naff you see in the old or even modern movies some times. A very informative show and again very interactive with the audience, which I must admit that day seemed the audience where all very shy and not as engaging back with answers but the performers still did very well. They did ask at the end if there is any improvements that could be made and I would request that they both equip themselves with a fencing mask and do a demo at full pace with a chest protector on. They did do a demo but it was at about 70 percent speed and with a very short sequence. Perhaps a full speed demo in safety gear which goes through one cut, a counter, a counter again and then a weapon bind and unarmed strike to show the full versatility of the combat of that time.
The site is very well kept, no litter was seen all day by myself which is pretty impressive. The food is good and not too expensive but I think the soft drinks are over priced £3.75 for 500ml of coke is quite expensive.
The animals are all really nice and they sit to be stroked and petted with good tolerance. It really does look like the Tudor Farm Tv show at lots of parts not being ruined by too many modern things which is really great. I can see this place getting better and better and I will be back with friends especially as your ticket gets you back in again.
Thanks for the great day :)
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