Medieval Ale

COMPETITION - print off the template below

  1.  THINK OF A SUITABLE NAME FOR THE CIDER (made locally at The Cider VAT with the Apples you collected in October)
  2. THINK OF A SUITABLE NAME FOR THE ALE (brewed locally at Taw Valley Brewery, North Tawton)

    Get your entries in to Marion Pratt at Higher Town by 21st April.

To commemorate the Event on 8th June 2024

The Cider Vat & Taw Valley Brewery

have created a Rebellion Cider and Rebellion Ale

We are holding a competition to create a label for each of these special creations and the winner will have their design on each of the commemoration bottles.

Print off the template below

Entries close on 21st April 24

Send your entries to

or post without folding to Higher Town , Sampford Courtenay EX202SX

Tudor Costumes

Tudor Times Evening - Fri 22nd March - 7pm

Tudor Times Evening – with John & Alison Griffiths & Ed Fox – TUDOR DRESS, FOOD & basic time line of events

A BIG THANK  YOU  to everyone who came along and supported this event.

ESPECIAL THANKS to Dr Ed Fox, and John & Alison Griffiths for their insights into what life was like in 1549.

PLEASE SEE TEMPLATES BELOW various Tudor costumes that you can size up to fit yourself or members of your family to wear at the TUDOR FAYRE on Sat 8th June.


Coach Tour Group

Sun 14th April - Tour of the Battle Sites

A BIG THANK YOU to all who supported this event.

Especial "Thanks" to Dr Ed Fox and John Griffiths for their excellent informative and entertaining commentary throughout the tour.


Devon Family History


Sampford Courtenay Village Hall 10am - 4pm - Tickets available on line nearer the date. Cost £7. (Under 25s FOC)

Tickets can now be booked via the Devon Family History Website

10am - Tea or Coffee on arrival

10.30 am - 11.30 am - A Time Line for Sampford Courtenay - David Botting-Page

11.45 am  - 12.45 pm - A Tale of Some Houses - Marion Pratt - the history of some of the    properties in Sampford Courtenay. ( If you know the history of your own property and would like to share it, please get in touch with Marion)

12.45pm - 2.45 pm - Lunch - Either bring your own packed lunch or book in at the New   Inn - 01837 - 82247.

 During lunch take the opportunity to visit the Church and Church Rooms and have a walk  round the village, there will also be other displays at the Village Hall.

3.00 pm - 4.00 pm - How would you have survived in 16th Century Sampford Courtenay? - Janet Few (Devon Family History Association)



Pun Quiz


Quiz at the New Inn, Sampford Courtenay. Proceeds will be donated to the village for the Prayer Book Rebellion activities planned. 

Quiz starts at 8pm with the pub open for food and drinks from 6pm. Teams of 6 maximum, £2 entry fee per person. 

Booking essential on 01837 82247 


Hear what Mark Stoyle has to say about the Prayer Book Rebellion.

By kind permission of Mark Stoyle and BBC History - why don't you have a listen to Mark's Podcast on his recent research about the Prayer Book Rebellion.

Click the link below or search for Not Just the Tudors - Edward V1 & The Prayer Book Rebellion on Spotify. 

What's it all about? with Mistress Pratt.

Visit to local Primary Schools of Exbourne & North Tawton to explain how some important history took place just down the road from where they live.

Exbourne Wed May 22nd  & North Tawton Thurs May 23rd

Follow up Medieval Craft afternoons.

Exbourne Wed Jun 5th & North Tawton Thurs Jun 6th.

Murderous Midsummer

Friday 7th JUNE 2024 - Talk by Mark Stoyle and Sue Andrews £5 pp

Sampford Courtenay Village Hall and St Andrew's Church.

Mark Stoyle is the author of a new publication on the Prayer Book Rebellion called "A Murderous Midsummer" and Dr Susan Andrew - an expert on late medieval church roof bosses.

Followed by chance to have guided tour of the Church, Church Rooms and notable sites in the parish. With BBQ & Bar available for Refreshments.

More details from Devon Association. 

Tudor Children

Saturday 8th June 2024 - Tudor Fete Day 

in the Square and on the Village Green

  • Street Market Stalls - Book your table now!
  • Morris Dancing
  • Bar with special "Rebellion Ale and Cider"
  • Refreshments
  • Mummers Play
  • Tudor Games and Displays - Village Green
  • Hog Roast and Tudor Dancing - 5pm onwards in the Square

Get your TUDOR COSTUMES ready now! Choose if you want to be a peasant or part of the aristocracy. Check out the ideas download below.

If you would like to take part in the Mummers Play or Book a table for the Street market please get in touch with Marion on 01837 82285 or

Commotion Times

Sat 17th August - Talk by Dr Edward Fox and Commotion Times Re-enactment Group

To explain and commemorate the final battle of the Prayer Book Rebellion.

New Inn - Sampford Courtenay


Saturday August 17th, come along to our historical village and enjoy a free live music event for all ages from 3pm in the garden at the New Inn, Sampford Courtenay. BBQ available. 


Banner of the 5 Wounds

Sunday 18th August 2024 - Commemoration Service - St Andrew's Church.

A Service to commemorate all those who lost their lives during this conflict in 1549

The Sampford Courtenay Time Travel Group

Sampford Courtenay Village Hall - Fri - October 4th.

Inaugural meeting of this local  group to delve deeper into the history of our locality looking at the People who may have lived in your house in previous generations; Place - just how did Sampford Courtenay and Honeychurch develop over the years; and Purpose - what lead to the changes over the years.

Ideal for anyone who wants to find out about their own house or property and where to look for information about who has lived  there over the years. Even if your house is relatively "new" then join us to find out about what life here might have been like in past generations.

A specific example of how research has helped to gain an understanding of one particular property will be shared at this event which will, hopefully, lead to the group working out what sort of activities we'd like to do in the future.




A BIG THANK YOU to the McIlwraith family and friends for a very successful day, and to everyone who supplied apples.

They have been turned into 800ltrs of cider for next year's Rebellion weekend.

Edward V1

Horrible Histories Storytelling Workshop - Mon 23rd Oct 2023 10am - 3pm

A BIG THANK YOU to our local Story Teller - Michael Dacre for his recount of the background and events that took place during the Western Rising and Prayer Book Rebellion.

16 young people from the parish and surrounding district, (together with parents, grandparents and carers) enjoyed listening to his tale - especially the gory bits - and enjoyed a walk around the parish and to the Church with Marion Pratt to see some of the locations in the story.

The cost of this event was kindly sponsored by a grant from SCPC and contributions in kind.

Thank you.


Picture of engraved plaque commerating the Prayer Book Rebellion

A very successful meeting took place on Thursday 1st June 2023, at which images from the Event held to mark the 450th Anniversary in 1999 were viewed and lots of  ideas  were suggested from the Community for an Event in June 2024 on the 475th Anniversary.

A Summary of the suggestions so far can be downloaded below.

If you would still like to get involved or have some suggestions to make

 Please leave your details on. 01837 82285 or email