This year's Medieval Night was on Friday 17th November 2001 between 6:00pm and 9:30pm. The annual event in the town centre combines late night shopping with a variety of events to entertain.
Since it was first run six years ago, Medieval Night has become THE eargerly awaited pre-Christmas night of revelry and goodwill and it's just too good to miss.
There were lots of charity stalls taking part, with street stalls, a craft fair in Castle Hall and many different events around the town and in our historic buildings.
The evening was rounded off with a fireshow and fireworks on Hartham Common.
Ø Late night shopping
Ø Craft Fair
Ø Charity Stalls
Ø Hertford Castle open
Ø Shire Hall open
Ø Hog Roast
Ø Street Entertainers
Ø Activities at the Museum
In addition, many businesses offered an after-hours welcome and as always the children's funfair in Parliament Square was one of the focal points for visitors of all ages!
Discover Hertford Online were out taking photographs and talking to the participants, with photos of the events online before the end of the evening.
Here are some comments sent in after 1998's event:
Medieval night gives everyone, residents or visitors, a rare chance to see Hertford's historic buildings, which are opened to the public especially for this evening. The Shire Hall is very popular. It was designed by the Adams brothers and built between 1767 and 1769, and is now in daily use as the magistrates courts.
- I had a most enjoyable time. It was so nice to see so many people enjoying themselves and the town of Hertford, so alive and vibrant on the evening
- We were overwhelmed by the number of people who visited us during the medieval evening
- Thank you to everybody who helped organise the medieval night. We had a really nice time and hope you do another one next year
- We were very successful on our stall and with two tombolas, a lucky dip and a pick a lolly game we managed to raise £266.00
The gatehouse at Hertford Castle is very popular, and the Town Council who now own the building provide special entertainment for the evening, with councillors giving tours. Last year over 1,500 people visited the robing rooms, Downshire suite and the dungeons!
Photographs © 1999 Steve Beeston