Battle for North Walsham 2020 – Costume Workshops

The logo of Battle for North Walsham - 1381 Revisited

Get involved! Dress the Part!

As part of the preparations for the ‘Battle for North Walsham 1381 Revisited’ festivities, we are running a series of free costume workshops making authentic 14th century clothing, to enable all those who would like to join in the fun and dress up for the event.

14th century clothes aren’t all rags and sackcloth – these workshops will give you the skills to make ‘proper’ period clothing for the year 1381, not just synthetic fancy dress or Hollywood pastiche. It’s really not difficult, and it’s a great way to get together and enjoy the creative experience.

Whether you are an experienced tailor or an enthusiastic beginner, historical costumier Molly Housego and the Black Knight Historical team will help you draft authentic patterns, select the right fabrics, find period accessories and understand dressing correctly for your status and gender. A detailed and illustrated Costume Guide will be provided, enabling you to continue your creations at home.

Costume Workshops will be held on the following dates in 2020, between 10am and 4pm in the rooms at St Nicholas Church:

Saturday 18th January (St Benet’s Hall)
Wednesday 22nd January (St Nicholas’ Room)
Saturday 15th February (St Benet’s Hall)
Wednesday 18th March (St Nicholas’ Room)
Saturday 4th April (St Benet’s Hall)
Wednesday 20th May (St Nicholas’ Room)

Participation is free, you can come to as many or as few workshops as you wish. Tea/coffee etc will be provided, but please email with any questions and to confirm your attendance at each workshop, so we can calculate numbers.

What to bring:

One or more large pieces of scrap fabric – old sheets or duvet covers are perfect. This is to draft your  patterns (before you cut up expensive fabric!)

Any sewing equipment you may have – scissors, tape measure, pins etc. (Not essential, as some will be provided.)

A notebook and pencil

We look forward to welcoming you to these fun and fascinating workshops!

Molly Housego in costume
Molly Housego in costume
Costume Workshop
Workshop in progress

After careful consideration and with a heavy heart we are sad to announce  that the 2020 event has been cancelled  due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety of the public is paramount and we would ask that you all continue to look after yourselves, look out for each other and offer help where you can.

On the upside we will continue to plan to ensure that the event in 2021, date TBC, will be even better than we envisaged this year.

Keep Safe!!

Barry Hester

Joint Chair of Battle for North Walsham - 1381 Revisited