Battle it out at Tewkesbury’s medieval festival

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, with one of the world’s biggest battle re-enactments, brings the town to life with medieval banners and events.

Tewkesbury is an ancient settlement at the meeting of the Rivers Severn and Avon. Here you will see one of the best medieval townscapes in England, with fine half-timbered buildings, overhanging upper storeys and narrow alleyways.

The beautiful Norman abbey, built in the early 12th century, dominates the town, and in 1471 the fields to the south saw the penultimate and decisive battle in the War of the Roses leading the house of York to power.

Today, the battle is re-enacted at the internationally renowned Medieval Festival in July. This event brings the whole town, and surrounding fields, alive with colour and re-enactors. Traditional medieval tents, vibrant medieval stalls and many people dressed in medieval costumes make for a fantastic weekend of medieval merriment.

This year’s Medieval Festival takes place on 14-15 July and entry is free, aside from a car parking charge of £5.

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