Visitors are invited to step back in time to the 13th Century when the Battle of Evesham is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August 2018.
The free to attend event, takes place in the Heart of Evesham, featuring a mediaeval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine, plus the main battle re-enactment. Thousands of residents and visitors are expected to attend, to experience life in the 13th century and witness a battle which was instrumental in leading to the democracy we know today.
The action-packed weekend will include hundreds of re-enactors fighting ‘to the death’ on both days. The Battle of Evesham Grand Parade, with mounted knights in full armour will wind its way through the town the Saturday. On Evesham’s Crown Meadow, visitors can watch medieval musicians and dancing at the camp, along with craftsmen demonstrations and medieval cookery. Displays of 13th Century medicine, weapon demonstrations and the chance to see a mini Trebuchet in action will educate and intrigue the whole family. In addition, next to the camp, there will be falconry and equestrian displays, treasure trails and children’s activities. Various stalls and food outlets will be selling a range of dishes and snacks plus there will be a licensed bar.
The last Battle of Evesham Medieval Festival was held in 2015 when the town commemorated the 750th anniversary of the historic Battle. This attracted an estimated 15,000 people into the centre of Evesham and boasted a parade of over 200 horses and soldiers. The Battle itself was fought on 4 August 1265, between the forces of Prince Edward and Simon de Montfort. Over 4,000 soldiers were killed on Evesham’s streets and in the surrounding countryside, including Simon de Montfort himself.