Tewkesbury, Medieval Festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, Battle of Tewkesbury AD 1471
Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire county)


thousands of reenactors, entertainers and traders from all over Europe gather in Tewkesbury for Europe's largest annual Medieval reenactment. a fantastic and unique day out for all the family to relive the atmosphere of the Middle Ages and commemorate a great battle that took place in year 1471...

Geographical, cultural and historical context

Tewkesbury is a town in Gloucestershire, standing at the confluence of the River Severn and the River Avon. It was the site of the Battle of Tewkesbury on 4 May 1471, when at the “Bloody Meadow”, south of the town, Edward IV's Yorkist forces defeated the House of Lancaster in a historic battle of the Wars of the Roses.


Event description and programme

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival has been going strong for over 25 years, offering a big medieval market and a great reenactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury, featuring around 2000 warriors, including knights in full armour, gunners with cannon and hand guns, archers with the traditional English Longbow, and men at arms with swords, spears and other weapons of the period. Many of the participants including wives and children live as a medieval army in authentic medieval encampments for the whole weekend.

The event features a wide range of period entertainment, including music, dance and drama as well as a collection of fascinating characters from the past. These may include barber surgeons, preachers and even the odd dragon keeper. There is a children’s activity area, with period based arts and craft sessions, and an exhibition tent with displays from organisations specialising in different aspects of history. The busy and colourful medieval market has everything from a suit of armour or a fabulous gown to a pot of herbs or bag of sweets on sale, while the traders, dressed in the 15th century costumes, are ready to show their skills and demonstrate the authentic techniques of producing various goods, from swords and armour, to ginger bread and beautiful gowns and tunics.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Ltd
Address: PO Box 147, Tewkesbury GL20 9AP, Gloucestershire county, England
E-mail: info@tewkesburymedievalfestival.org
Web: http://www.tewkesburymedievalfestival.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TewkesburyMedievalFestival

Image: Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Text sources: Tewkesbury Medieval Festival


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