What a great location for an event, Eastnor Castle may be a modern castle, it was originally built between 1810 and 1824, so has not seen the bloody battles etc, but apart from the fact it is not a ruin, it is just what every child thinks a castle would look like with its impressive entrance gatehouse opening up into a court yard and the castle.
From the stall holders point of view everything looked very well organised, the stalls all around the outside of the courtyard facing in leaving a large area in the middle for the visitors to mingle. The only slight problem was the number of visitors which seemed to have been a few more that they expected, the parking while spacious, was not well organised and caused tailbacks on the road leading to the castle, while at the entry point to the event they has undermanned the ticket sales, I think from arrival at the parking to entry was about 40 minutes for us.. But all that is forgiven by the location and next year they will be experienced at the number of people who turn up for chillies.
On the lower terrace was a small stage for the music and a cooking demonstration marquee and finally appearing in the main courtyard was a very entertaining Juggler and Fire Eater.
We did a speedy look around the house that seems to be packed with armour and other historic artefacts, and well worth visiting at a more leisurely pace. Now there is lots I have left out about the location, mainly due to the fact I did not get to see it all, but from all accounts the grounds and lake are well worth a walk around, they have a maze, junior assault course, a children’s adventure playground, as well as the essential Tea rooms and Ice Cream Parlour.
On the second day we had some rain and the visitor numbers were down but still a very good crowd. All in all a very good event and one we will be going back to every year.
A special mention to Paul from the mini jar company who put me up in his caravan and fed me for the weekend!
Some Pics and text has been kindly shared by the chilefoundry