27th Oct, 2016

Evesham is ready for Battle

Rob George 7th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE VALE will step back in time for possibly the largest 13th century historical event ever held in England to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham.

A full re-enactment of the battle, living history displays, craft fairs, demonstrations, wargames tent and various authentic and traditional entertainments are all on offer tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (August 9).

Both the Crown Meadow and Corporation Meadow will play host to a range of activities for the weekend as Evesham residents can experience life in the 13th century and a battle which gave birth to the democracy we know today.

A tapestry display and workshop is also on offer which will offer Evesham residents the chance to take a peek at tapestry from the Battle of Lewes in 1264.

For younger visitors, All Saints Parish Church will be holding children’s activities and afternoon teas.

The packed programme of events is one of the highlights of the Battle of Evesham commemorations which kicked off on Saturday (August 1) when House of Commons speaker John Bercow paid a visit to Evesham.

Mr Speaker was on hand for the launch event which included musical entertainment and local dignitaries.

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley, led the service which featured contributions from representatives of the Simon de Montfort Society and others.

An unveiling and dedication of a memorial plaque and the laying of wreaths brought the event to a close while Mr Speaker addressed guests which included the Mayor of Evesham Coun Fred Kaler and Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston.

“Launching the Battle of Evesham 750th Anniversary, we were pleased to welcome both the Lord-Lieutenant and the High Sheriff of Worcestershire, and also the Speaker and the Serjeant at Arms of the House of Commons, Nigel Huddleston MP and many others,” said Clive Bostle from the Simon de Montfort Society.

“It really will be a momentous day for Evesham – a memorial event that only comes round every 50 years, so don’t miss this one,” he added.

Antonia Coles, festival organiser, said: “This special anniversary will see so many things for the whole family to enjoy.

“We are delighted to welcome over 300 re-enactors joining us for the largest re-enactment of its kind to be held in the UK, as well as falconry displays, armoury, medieval living and much, much more.”

Visit www.battleofevesham.co.uk or @BoEvesham on Twitter for the latest information on the event and a full programme of events taking place on Saturday and Sunday.