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Until 2009 our events were held at Arreton Manor, on the Isle of Wight.

Arreton Manor is a magnificent Sixteenth Century manor house situated at the foot of St George's Down on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Parts of the building date back to the 12th Century but the greater part is Elizabethan, and aside from the panelling (ca. 1638) very little has changed since the building was completed.

The Arreton Manor Living History began in 1987 and stopped in 1998, returning in 2004 after a six year gap. Sadly the Manor closed its gates once more in September 2008.

Living History - hard work!

The Manor and grounds are set well back from the roads and give us plenty of scope to create a rich and potent portrayal of rural life. Those who attended in 2004 and 2005
will affirm that the house has undergone a great deal of restoration - effectively being saved from falling down! - and all our old bêtes noir have gone: the sewing machines, the radios, all those hideous dolls, the endless collection of domestic junk masquerading as a museum in the old kitchen, and even the Curmudgeon.

All in all Arreton had become an even better LH setting than it had been in 1998.


There is a Post Office/Village Shop about half a mile from the Manor, and a (much expanded, and really very impressive) Craft Centre two minutes walk away. The best place for shopping is Newport, the nearest town. Carisbrooke Castle is also nearby and allegedly lets people in free if they arrive in costume.

Both The White Lion and the Dairyman's Daughter have both proved popular with re-enactors for some reason . . .