Mongol Rally Pre-launch Party

The Allure of sequins and gold Lamee is to much for the festive partygoes and they join the conga uup to the castle

The Allure of sequins and gold Lamee is to much for the festive partygoes and they join the conga uup to the castle

It's not every day we get given the keys to one of the most impressive castles in the world, so when the National Trust let us borrow Bodiam Castle for a weekend we thought it would be a good idea to throw a little party before we handed it back. After all, this is the 10th Mongol Rally which is something that should be celebrated.

The Bernardi music group fills Bodiam Castle with their sweet music

The Bernardi music group fills Bodiam Castle with their sweet music

At The Adventurists we don't often do sophistication, but when we do we like to do it right. Saturday 13th July 2013 was one of these situations. Once the teams had all arrived and were fed a locally sourced organic dinner a bizarre procession began up the hill to the castle. Led by a sequinned Pied Piper character and accompanied by bearded ladies, wenches and an ominous becloaked figure a conga of ralliers wound their way to the moated castle.

All the ladies love a chap in chain-mail, even at a black tie event

All the ladies love a chap in chain-mail, even at a black tie event

At the doors a giant key was produced and the doors flung open to reveal a classic ensemble playing some delectable music. as the revellers flooded in, gallons of mead were dished out which seemed like the perfect way to enjoy the decadent surroundings. The group continued playing while the sun set and the mead was consumed, this civilised scene was complemented nicely by dueling knights and a mis-fortune teller proclaiming the woes the ralliers would face on the Rally.

The Transiberian March band blaring out some Balkan Beats

The Transiberian March band blaring out some Balkan Beats

The party continued back at the stage with the Trans Siberian March Band and DJ Penny Metal introducing the partygoers to the delights of the music of the Balklans, Russia and Central Asia. Everyone was on their second best behaviour, proving that even Mongol Ralliers can scrub up nice and appear respectable sometimes.

Bodiam hasn't seen this much action since it was laid under siege in 1843

Bodiam hasn't seen this much action since it was laid under siege in 1843