Norman Theme 7 days
Great Britain:Norman Feasts & Castles
William I (the Conqueror) defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and changed the course of British history forever. To control his new kingdom, William granted lands to his followers and built castles to defend the realm up and down the country. The introduction of the Norman language as the language of the ruling classes, changes at court and the granting of lands and titles to William’s followers changed how the country was governed. The peasants and village life changed more gradually, but a significant change was the elimination of serfdom with the ending of the feudal system.
Discover 1066 Country. Trace the Norman invasion from Hastings and learn from culinary historians how Britain's cuisine became more sophisticated with the animals and cooking techniques the invaders brought with them. Visit awe-inspiring Norman castles and stone-built defences around the British Isles, such as Pevensey Castle, Battle Abbey, Durham Castle, Rochester Castle and many more. See how English towns were changed by the introduction of building in stone.
- Take a cookery lesson using Norman techniques and game
- Enjoy Battle Abbey with audio guides and walk among the sheep around the battlefield then take afternoon tea in the charming town
- Visit a local winery for a cider and mead tasting
- Drop in to a honey producer for an insight into bee keeping
- Dine on rabbit, wild boar or pheasant at a top class restaurant
- Learn the ancient art of baking with a demonstration from a local artisan baker
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