Chipping Sodbury celebrates 800 years

June 28 2018

A tented medieval town is being built to celebrate Chipping Sodbury’s 800th anniversary in August. Re-enactors will use the area to show how life was lived in 1218.

The celebrations are designed to mark the moment when Chipping Sodbury was born on 12th August 1218.  That was the date King Henry III granted a Royal Charter to the Lord of the Manor of Sodbury to build a marketplace.  

The tented town will be built on the Ridings, on Wickwar Road ready for the weekend of the 11 and 12 August. There’ll be demonstrations of skills and trades, a canteen showing how to prepare and cook food, ‘quack’ doctors and herbalists showing what they knew about medicine, weapon making workshops, archery, falconers. A medieval tournament will also be staged. 

The free family event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day.  On Saturday evening, the celebrations will continue with music, a pig roast and a bar, culminating in a grand firework display.   

On Sunday, a costumed procession will make its way down Wickwar Road at approximately 12.45, and the handing over of the market charter will be staged in the High Street.  

A ‘Medieval Big Lunch’, a twist on the annual ‘Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch’ will follow in Broad Street until 6pm.  Residents usually bring their own table and chairs, but this year they’ll also be entertained by jesters, jugglers, stocks, a medieval play and more. 

 

 

The event is the brainwave of Sodbury Town Council which wanted to mark the unusual anniversary in a special way. It’s been working with community groups to ensure that the programme of events is inclusive.

A tented medieval town is being built to celebrate Chipping Sodbury’s 800th anniversary in August. Re-enactors will use the area to show how life was lived in 1218.  The celebrations are designed to mark the moment when Chipping Sodbury was born on 12th August 1218.  That was the date King Henry III granted a Royal Charter to the Lord of the Manor of Sodbury to build a marketplace.   The tented town will be built on the Ridings, on Wickwar Road ready for the weekend of the 11 and 12 August. There’ll be demonstrations of skills and trades, a canteen showing how to prepare and cook food, ‘quack’ doctors and herbalists showing what they knew about medicine, weapon making workshops, archery, falconers. A medieval tournament will also be staged.  The free family event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day.  On Saturday evening, the celebrations will continue with music, a pig roast and a bar, culminating in a grand firework display.    On Sunday, a costumed procession will make its way down Wickwar Road at approximately 12.45, and the handing over of the market charter will be staged in the High Street.   A ‘Medieval Big Lunch’, a twist on the annual ‘Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch’ will follow in Broad Street until 6pm.  Residents usually bring their own table and chairs, but this year they’ll also be entertained by jesters, jugglers, stocks, a medieval play and more.  The event is the brainwave of Sodbury Town Council which wanted to mark the unusual anniversary in a special way. It’s been working with community groups to ensure that the programme of events is inclusive.