Waltham Abbey King Harold Day

Where: Waltham Abbey, Essex at the Abbey and environs
When: Saturday in early October
Time: 10 am - 4 pm



After his defeat at the Battle of Hastings, the body of King Harold was brought to Waltham Abbey for burial by his lover Edith Swan-Neck. Harold founded the Abbey here and was the local Lord of the Manor before he became king. On a Saturday near the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which took place in 14th October, a festival is held in memory of Harold and the Anglo-Saxon way of life which ended after his defeat. There’s a medieval fair with many stalls including food & drinks, a living history encampment, period musicians, tours of the Abbey Church and entertainments such as falconry displays. At mid-day there is a procession through town, with flowers laid at the memorial stone behind the Abbey.

Helpful Hints

In 2017 it was on Saturday October 7th – 2018 date is yet to be confirmed.

I assume that the festival is held just before the anniversary so that it doesn’t clash with the Battle commemorations at Battle Abbey near Hastings, which are on the weekend nearest 14th.

Click here for the event website: http://kingharoldday.co.uk

and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KingHaroldFestival

Photo by Epping Forest District Council.

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