Dramatic battle to be re-told in spectacular event at Bosworth
The re-interment of Richard III is fast approaching in 2015 – and next month the battle in which he lost his life is dramatically portrayed at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre’s re-enactment weekend.
Taking place on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, organisers anticipate this year’s event will be bigger and better as more re-enactors are taking part – and there’s a host of new events.
Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for heritage, said: “We’ve extended the battle arena this year as there has been a terrific demand from re-enactors to take part. It should be a spectacular sight as there’s a lot more going on – but we’ve frozen prices for another year.”
This year marks the 529th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth which saw the death of Richard III and the birth of the all-powerful Tudor dynasty under a new king, Henry VII.
Uniquely, the Heritage Centre tells the powerful story of the wrestling for supremacy as well as the amazing search for the location of the lost battlefield – all within an award-winning exhibition.
Both days will be brimming with a wide range of events for all the family and ‘early bird’ tickets are available at 15 per cent off until Friday, August 15. Call 01455 290429 or visit:
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Attractions include a ‘Battle of the Nations’ no-holds-barred fighting competition involving medieval soldiers and an extensive living history camp.
Also, for the first time, there’s the opportunity for youngsters to have a go at archery as well as a host of medieval games, including ‘walking the wire’.
Visitors can also learn just how well protected a knight would have been with a dressing-up session in the battlefield training area as well as looking at women’s fashions of the period.
There will be a majestic falconry display with the chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful birds and even have a go at handling them.
Each morning sees the re-enactors taking to the field to show how the Yorkists won a great victory at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.
The field guns of the time, of which important evidence has been found on the battlefield, are put through their paces in an exciting and loud artillery display.
The grand finale of the event is the dramatic re-enactment of the battle of Bosworth where the clanking of armour and whistling of arrows rushing through the air combined with the blast of cannon and the thumping of horses’ hooves bring to life a pivotal moment in history.
There are also a series of illustrated talks over the weekend by guests, including Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, who will be signing copies of their book, The Looking for Richard Project.