Join us at Canterbury Medieval Pageant for family activities

Take part in the pageant on Saturday 9th July. Many of our activities explore the lives of disabled people in the 12th century.

king and queen cartoon advertising the medieval pageant

Our freelancers and volunteers will be leading some family friendly activities at Canterbury Medieval Pageant on 9th July – we hope you can join us! The festival commemorates Henry II’s pilgrimage to the tomb of Thomas Becket in 1174 and will include a parade featuring adults and children in medieval dress. We will be at some stops in the course of the procession.

Join us to make a pilgrim badge or a stained glass window

Among our activities we will be:

  • making pilgrim badges and talking about how some pilgrims would have put tokens inside Beckett’s tomb as offerings, hoping for a miracle cure for their disability.
  • making stained glass windows echoing the miracle windows inside the cathedral at Canterbury.
  • filling cotton bags with medicinal herbs which were the only thing medieval people had access to in order to treat the sick. These were sold from shops set up around the hospitals and almshouses on the pilgrims’ route.   As Ben says, we have a named link to someone who set up a shop at Maison Dieu.

Working on the event we have:

  • Christopher Sacre, a Deaf artist/sculptor who works in Chatham

  • Brenda Burgess, a sculptress who works around Canterbury

  • Debra Wash, a heritage specialist who works around the Dover area.

Full details of the Medieval Pageant.

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