On the weekend of 16-17 August the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre will be hosting their electrifying annual commemoration event to honour the memory of the soldiers who fought the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The event is undoubtedly a highlight in the calendar for those with a medieval interest and will certainly be a bustling event with much to see. This year’s event, the 529th anniversary of the infamous battle which saw the crowning of Henry Tudor and the death of Richard III, promises to be a weekend of entertainment for all the family.
Fans of Living History displays will be overjoyed to walk amongst the tents of the re-enactors, partaking in the festivities of the medieval market and ever-popular ale tent, provided by the Stagger Inn. A Jousting Show and Falconry Exhibition are sure to amuse spectators as will the Medieval Fire Power Display. Furthermore a fascinating display of medieval brutality is sure to be enjoyed by the Battle of the Nations demonstration where soldiers will partake in no-holds-barred fighting. Les Routiers will also be holding a demonstration titled Arming the Knight, sure to provide a colourful insight into the various layers medieval knights wore as they prepared for battle whilst Destrier will provide a mounted display of Skills at Arms. There will be medieval games and dance for kids as well as a 15th Century Fashion Show.
Entertainment of a more academic nature will be available via various illustrated talks by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, authors of ‘The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III’ and Robert Woosnam Savage, Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries. Battle re-enactments will form a core part of the weekend event, with re-enactments of the Battles of Tewkesbury and Bosworth certain to capture the imagination and attention of the crowd, a real life insight into these dramatic clashes of the Wars of the Roses. For those wishing to view where the Battle of Bosworth was fought on that sunny August day in 1485, short guided walks will be available. This is all in addition to the Heritage Centre’s award-winning permanent exhibitions and Sundial, a registered war memorial.
The event will be used to announce the official launch of the new Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Society, an organisation established to foster and promote archaeological and research work in and around the site of the Battle of Bosworth. With the motto ‘Two Kings – One Battle’, the intent of the organisation is to be neither Tudor nor Yorkist, but to learn about the battle in every aspect from the commanders and the men who fought, to artefacts and battle archaeology, and the geophysics of the site itself. The organisation will have a stall at the event and will be present for any questions or inquiries into membership.
Entrance fee to the anniversary weekend will be £15 for adults, £13 for concessions and £10 for under-16’s. For further details visit http://www.bosworthbattlefield.com or call 01455 290429.