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Medieval Banquets

Hester can run a medieval banquet on his own, providing foolery, music and song. He can meet’n’greet your guests whilst playing medieval tunes on the mandola, while they have pre-banquet drinks. He then leads them into the banqueting hall, where he sets up a mock court situation, complete with king and queen, or lord and lady, involving much pageantry.

He will wander around tables, joking, playing medieval type music and singing songs, performing comedy routines and improvising. At the end of the evening, he will produce a guitar (if required) and regale guests with more modern songs, encouraging them to sing and play along on percussion instruments which he will hand out.

He is also able to make announcements if required. The guests often dress in medieval attire. Medieval banquets can come in the guise of corporate, friend and family, or public events. He has performed these at castles, manor houses, hotels, marquee, town and village halls, churches and military establishments, including Dover, Herstmonceux, Tutbury, Ripley and Belvoir Castles, and the Natural History Museum. He has also set up banquets for children at primary schools during their lunch time.


As for banquets but without the ritual, unless required. Some people do actually have medieval banquet type weddings. He can sing an Elizabethan wedding song, written by one of Queen Elizabeth’s composers, George Campion during the service if required. Hester entertains both adults and children at weddings.


Usually, birthdays, wedding anniversaries or society balls. As for weddings but without the wedding song. This has included Richard Branson’s Knighthood receiving party at the Rooftop Garden Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

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Fantastic - great at our medieval wedding - songs very witty and good fun that the guests could join in - loved the table banging as it joined everyone together - really nice guy as well. Thank you xx

Kara Davies, Wimborne, Dorset (September 2022)

The Jester was truly amazing. He entertained our guests, got our guests involved with various songs and just went way beyond what we were expecting. Really was an amazing addition to our day.

Jack, Plymouth (January 2022)

The Jester was everything I hoped. Everyone had a great time - his guitar playing and singing was so much fun.

Diana Povah, (October 2018)

Many thanks for the entertaining show you gave to us last week. It was very much enjoyed by all. I hope you managed to get to your other venue in good time!

Jenny, Eckington (December, 2017)

Thanks for your card and hope that we may be able to collaborate at a future event. We are thinking of taking our Tudor play on tour, potentially with a banquet set up, so perhaps this may be something you might be interested in?

, Medieval May Festival

Just to say it was great to work alongside you at the Medieval May Festival on Sunday – hope that you enjoyed the day. Ari may have told you that over the weekend there were more than 2000 visitors which breaks visitor records since Easter 2008! So it was all a great success despite the rain.


Thank you so much for yesterday – the event was a huge success. We have received very positive feedback from some of the families who attended and the Mayor of Salisbury has called to say he had a wonderful day and thought the event was brilliant. So thank you all so much for taking part in this event and making it a great day.

Abi, St George's Day Event

Hope you got home OK! Just wanted to thank you for all your help with making our medieval evening a success. Several people have commented on how much they enjoyed and appreciated your input.” Thank you!

Janet, Medieval Banquet

The extraordinarily chirpy “Hester The Jester from Leicester dressed in polyester” (well it was cotton but he couldn’t find anything else that ended in “er”…) then hosted the Family Day Launch at Orton Square.

, St George’s Day Celebration, L

The jester was an added bonus and he certainly kept a wide ranging aged group of children, their parents and some unaccompanied adults, including us amused and entertained.

, Brockhampton Estate, Herefords

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