Medieval festival making history come alive
By David Wood
When: Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, from 11am
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival is fun-packed, friendly, and free to people on foot. What more could you ask of a festival?
And a lot more is what you get - where else will you have three fantastic Living History encampments where you are free to look around and ask questions, a Battle re-enactment that fields 1500 re-enactors, and cannon to add noise and smoke as well as shiny armour and pointy things?
Where else will you find splendid entertainers, good bands, quiet areas and noisy areas, wandering bears and dragons?
For the kids there are historic fairground rides while a huge market will be selling everything from Medieval shoes and armour to take-home goodies for you to remember the day.
In addition, there are great caterers, lovely ice
cream, a falconer and a beer tent.
There is also an exhibition tent featuring the work of Graham Turner and various historic societies including the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society that works hard to preserve the historic battlefield - as well as producing the banners on the houses in the town where the Sunday parade takes place.
Not to forget the high jinks outside the Abbey on Saturday evening where the skirmish, trials and beheadings take place.
All this, and more, in exchange for your donations which organisers rely on to keep the event running. Car parking is £5 per car.
The site is well signposted from all the approach roads and takes place on parts of the historic battlefield itself.
Enjoy, Plantagenet style.
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