This weekend, (30 – 31 July), more than 50 renowned artisans and expert makers from The Sussex Guild returned to Michelham Priory House & Gardens in East Sussex to show off their wares and give masterclasses at the annual Contemporary Craft Fair.

The grounds at the heritage site were transformed as makers filled the lawns with stalls and demonstrated their skills in crafts such as woodturning, embroidery, quilting, pottery and jewellery making.

Cared for by The Sussex Archaeological Society, Michelham Priory dates to 1229 and was originally home to Augustine canons, one of the religious orders of the Medieval church. The heritage site and its stunning gardens are surrounded by the largest medieval moat in the country.

The Sussex Archaeological Society has a busy calendar of events over the school holidays and is offering great value for family days out. Families can take part in drop-in activities on a different theme every Wednesday at Michelham Priory, from wildlife fun to archaeology. Sessions are included in the cost of admission, which starts at £11 for an adult and £5.50 for a child.

Medieval Monday sessions are running every week at Lewes Castle & Museum, where children can dress up in the armour, battle dragons and take part in games and crafts from 11am to 1pm, with archaeology-themed activities every Thursday. Down the hill at Anne of Cleves House, activities on Tudor Tuesdays include spinning, sewing, crafts and games in the property’s Tudor Garden between 1pm and 4pm.

All activities are included in the cost of admission, which starts at 8 for an adult and £4 for a child at Lewes Castle, and £6 for an adult and £3.50 for a child at Anne of Cleves House.

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