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 2022, between 10am and 4pm in the rooms at St Nicholas Church:

Saturday 15th January

Wednesday 16th February

Saturday 19th March

Wednesday 20th April

Wednesday 18th May

Saturday 21st May

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!