Medieval Medley Living History

Saturday 19th August to Sunday 20th August, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Medieval Medley Living History

This year we are not running the Bosworth Medieval Festival, as we are working on improvements to its format and accessibility for its return in 2024

The weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August will instead see the site play host to a packed programme of activity. Visitors will be able to get up close to medieval history at the living history camp, where re-enactment groups from the Wars of the Roses Federation will recreate Yorkist and Lancastrian camps. Visitors will experience an eye-opening insight into the day-to-day workings of a battle camp.

An exciting programme will run throughout both days,  including archery and combat demonstrations, a fashion show and a walk-through Battle of Bosworth in which audience members will get the chance to participate.

There will be also be family friendly activities, guided walks, war gaming, and a fancy dress competition for children.

We also have some some fantastic additional events during the week leading up to the Medieval Medley weekend including Costumed Guided Walks and Knight School.

The traditional Rose Laying Ceremony will take place at the Memorial Sundial at 11am on Tuesday 22 August – the anniversary of the battle. You can also join an Anniversary Guided Walk in the afternoon. 

£5 per Adult, £3.50 per child,  Under 3s Free
Tickets can be purchased ONLINE or by calling 01455 290429

Free Car Parking for Medieval Medley Living History Ticket Holders

Weekend Programme 

10.00 Event Opens

10.30 Billmen Drill and Combat demonstration

11.00 Clothing and Status fashion show

12.00 Family have a go polearm drill

12.30 Children’s fancy dress competition

1.00 (Sunday only) Traditional Punjabi dance demonstration by Ranveet Kaur, an Indian Dance Artist and Tutor

1.30 Artillery display; archers followed by firing  guns and cannon.

2.00 Arming a Knight display 

2.30 The Road to Bosworth, introducing the key characters and lead up to battle.

3:00 DIY battle of Bosworth –  The visitors become the armies in a dynamic walk through of the battle.

3.30 Combat demonstration to get a feel for the real battle.

4.00 Close of formal programme

Throughout the day: 

Have a go Archery with the Bowmen of Bosworth (£4 for 6 arrows – height limit of 1.07m)

Meet the Curators – our collections team will be displaying some of their artefacts related to the history of food and eating in the Dragon Cabin (Included in ticket price)

Discover Medieval Islamic life and music with the Hijaz College Team in the Boar Cabin (Included in ticket price)

Join our skilled artist in craft activities in the Eagle Cabin (Included in ticket price)

Meet members of the Richard III Society, the Battlefields Trust, The Barnet Battlefield Society, and historical author Alex Marchant and learn about late medieval Sikh dress and traditions (including Henna hand art for a small fee) all in the white marquee.

Outside the ticketed Medley area:

Drop in on wargaming the Battle of Bosworth (free entry)

The Bosworth Discovery Zone will be open with games and crafts to enjoy. (Free entry)

Our highly recommended Guided walks will take place as usual at 11.30am and 2pm. Normal pricing applies. (See event listing for details)

The Bosworth Medieval Festival will return in 2024.

Bosworth Medieval Medley Accessibility Guide 2023

 

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