Medieval Festivities and Entertainments in Suffolk

Ref: C2226733

Medieval people worked hard but also knew how to celebrate. This course explores the ways in which they marked important festive occasions, and the activities they enjoyed at times of relaxation and entertainment. Topics which will cove includer- Christmas, Easter, spring and summer Celebrations; music, dancing and play-going; drinkings and Church Ales; sports and games; pilgrimage.

Course aim

This course explores the ways in which medieval East Anglians marked important festive occasions and the activities they enjoyed at times of relaxation and entertainment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explore the variety of different styles enjoyed in the medieval period.
  • Identify the festivals celebrated in the Middle Ages and the types of entertainment associated with them.
  • Analyse how festivals and entertainments in East Anglia could be used for a variety of social reasons such as fundraising and protest.
  • Evaluate the importance of festivity and entertainment to the medieval East Anglian economy.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of Merry England, Ronald Hutton Stations of the Sun, Ronald Hutton The English Year, Steve Roud The English at Play in the Middle Ages, Theresa McLean The English Medieval Minstrel, John Southworth Bonfires and Bells, David Cressy

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course information sheet

Medieval Festivities and Entertainments in Suffolk

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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