LET BATTLE COMMENCE
Photos courtesy of Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography
Excitement mounts for the forthcoming Battle of Evesham, Ann Evans has the details.
Time is marching on towards the Battle of Evesham. Soldiers are checking their armour, sharpening their swords and preparing to re-enact the battle between the Royalists under King Henry III and the Rebel Barons, led by Simon de Montfort that took place in Evesham in 1265. A battle which saw 15,000 men losing their lives, including Simon de Montfort.
The event takes place on Evesham’s Crown Meadow on the 3rd and 4th August and begins with the Battle of Evesham Grand Parade, with mounted knights in full armour winding their way through the town on the Saturday. The parade begins at the churchyard at 10.15am and ends at the De Montfort Memorial, Abbey Ground at 10.45 for the Wreath Laying Ceremony.
It promises to be another action-packed medieval weekend which is free to attend. Throughout the two days visitors will be able to watch troops preparing for battle, see how the people from those distant times dress, cook, take care of their sick and injured and how they relaxed. You can even join in with some medieval dancing.
There will be around 500 re-enactors dressed and equipped with authentic armoury and weapons – all of whom are happy to talk to visitors about their lives in the 13th century. There will also be falconry and equestrian displays, nature trails and children’s activities. Stalls and food outlets will be selling a range of dishes and snacks and there will be a licensed bar.
Highlights over the two days are the Battle of Lewes (1264) re-enacting Simon de Montfort’s victory, and the Battle of Evesham (1265) – a fight to the death in which de Montfort lost his life.
Kate Varvedo, Events Manager at Battle of Evesham said, “We are delighted to be hosting the Battle as an annual event when visitors can step back in time to a bygone era. Hundreds of re-enactors will climb into their suits of armour, grab their swords, axes and pikes and engage in hand-to-hand combat in a fight ‘to the death’ four times over the weekend. We hope people come along and enjoy this fabulous event which would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and supporters.”
Further details at: www.battleofevesham.co.uk