Executed Queens Tour Day 1 – Coombe Abbey and a Medieval Banquet

Posted By on June 10, 2012

I know that many of you love to read our reports on our tours, so here’s Tim’s report of day one…

Well, a great day has been had so far. The group is small, but that makes the tour more special and we’re all getting along fantastically well. Our coach took us up to Coombe Abbey near Coventry, and it has to be said that the Abbey is simply stunning. After a light walk around the beautiful grounds we got ready for our first “event” of the tour – the Medieval Banquet.

The banquet was simply the most wonderfully fun evening you could have with other Tudor fans. It is only fair that I share with you what we had while dining in a medieval style: vegetable broth, lamb cutlets in sauce, chicken with beautiful baked potato and the most delicious apple crumble I’ve ever tasted. Of course, everything was washed down with mead and red wine, and also we only had a knife to eat it all with. Delicious, and a lot of fun.

On top of all this we were entertained with singing and revelry from the performers on stage, and at one time I was even dragged up on stage to be consoled by the lovely Lady Fanny because they thought I had the plague. Maybe I hope that the photos of that will stay private… [Claire wants to know more!]

A great time and an excellent way to begin the tour.

You can see photos from day one of the tour in the following Flickr albums:


9 thoughts on “Executed Queens Tour Day 1 – Coombe Abbey and a Medieval Banquet”

  1. I paud says:

    Great pictures Tim, looks so nice there! Wishing you and the group a great tour.

  2. Melissa says:

    Man! This looks so fun!

  3. GADawn says:

    Oh my only two days have gone by and it looks like a swell time is being had by all! So jealous – I just can’t afford a trip like this; some day maybe. I would love to do this! Plus an extra week or two for London and more!

    Great pictures and I hope you are having fun!

    1. Claire says:

      Hi Dawn,
      I emailed you because you are one of the winners of the Susan Higginbotham giveaway, but I don’t know whether you got my email. Please can you email me at claire@theanneboleynfiles.com with your address – thank you!

  4. WilesWales says:

    Wow! I am green with envy. You must be havning a great time. Hope it’s not too much, and not enough time, although it looks as if that’s the case. Have fun! Thank you! WilesWales!

    I will defend Queen Anne as long as I’m around! She was innocent of all charges against her! She did England one great gift, Queen Elizabeth I! Queen Elizabeth I was the greatest absolute monarch that country ever had!

    “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes:…” ~ Psalms 118:23

    1. Claire says:

      Don’t worry, they have plenty of time to enjoy things and there’s only 11 in the group so lots of personal time with the historians and guides.

  5. Dawn 1st says:

    The costumes worn at the banquet were lovely….

  6. Sheena says:

    This looks like so much fun! So many good memories of this trip- wish that I could have gone again this year! =)

  7. Philip says:

    There must be so much to see. I will have to book a trip soon. Have a great time!!!

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