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Stepping back in time in Tewkesbury

Knight at Tewkesbury Medieval Fayre
Shining armour: A knight prepares to go into battle in the re-enactment


Thousands of people went time travelling in Tewkesbury as the town hosted a medieval festival.
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A famous battlefield rang once more to the sound of clashing swords, cannons and whistling arrows as the Battle of Tewkesbury was recreated.

Blue skies and brilliant sunshine brought the visitors out in huge numbers for a colourful celebration of times gone by.

To see our photo gallery of the weekend's old-fashioned entertainment click on the link below.

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

The occasion was the 20th re-enactment of the fateful May day in 1471 when the conclusive battle in the Wars of the Roses brought victory to the Yorkists and put King Edward IV on the throne of England.

The 21st century drama - the biggest re-enactment in Europe this year - took place on some of the fields south of the town where the real battle took place more than 600 years ago.

Battle of Tewkesbury re-enactment
The battle re-enactment featured 2,000 troops in costume

It featured more than 2,000 troops in medieval costume, some sweating it out in soaring temperatures in full armour.

The weekend's entertainment also included a medieval fair with demonstrations of 15th century crafts including pottery and spinning.

For those with a real interest in history there were guided walks of the ancient battlefield - while others preferred to stay in the shade and keep their cool - after all, no trip back in time to the Middle Ages would be complete without an opportunity to visit a tavern and sample some mead or ale!

Medieval minstrels
Medieval minstrels entertained the crowds

Adding to the festival's traditional flavour of Olde England were strolling players, fire-eaters, jugglers and acrobats.

After all that it was a shame to have to return to the 21st century!

 


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