Medieval Market Day (Heritage Open Days)

On 2nd January 1219 the Bishop of Salisbury gave one palfrey (horse) for a Tuesday market in Wokingham, to Henry III until he came of age (he was only 13 at the time)! This was formalised in 1227 with the Bishop of Salisbury (Richard Poore) being granted a Charter by Henry III.

Wokingham Town Council, together with local organisations have collectively recognised that this 800th year anniversary is a unique moment in Wokingham’s history and have come together to organise activities that can be enjoyed by the whole community. The main focus is Medieval Market Day on Saturday 14 September where activities have been planned with a mainly medieval focus but there are activities on other dates and locations too. This is all being aligned with National ‘Heritage Open Days.’

Bring the kids, big and small, to learn how to be a medieval archer, spearman or knight. See Birds of Prey, weave on a loom and press apples into juice. If parents are after something stronger than freshly pressed apple juice, visit the Market for the first taste of the “Old Market Ale” specially brewed for this occasion.

Find all the activities, events and a little bit of history in the programme below. Click full screen to see it large.

You can also find out all about it on our social media and on the Facebook event