A POPULAR festival is to make a welcome return to Bosworth this summer, following two years in which it didn’t go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The hugely popular Bosworth Medieval Festival is set to take place on August 20-21, attracting thousands of visitors, re-enactors and traders from across the UK and beyond.
The event, at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, will once more feature battle re-enactments by the Wars of the Roses Federation – including the Battle of Bosworth as the finale on both days – living history encampments to explore, author talks and a medieval craft market, as well as entry to the award-winning exhibition and free car parking.
Destrier’s horsemen and women will be returning with their mounted skill at arms and cavalry display and the fascinating Death of Richard III presentation, which was a huge hit with the crowd in 2019. They will also play a major role in the Battle of Bosworth re-enactments, representing Richard and Henry and their standard bearers on the battlefield.
The full programme is still being confirmed and more attractions will be added to the line-up in the coming weeks to ensure that Bosworth Medieval Festival returns with a bang this year.
“We’re delighted to be able to welcome Bosworth Medieval Festival back to our events calendar in August after two years without it,” said councillor Christine Radford, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for heritage, leisure & arts.
“It is a great event with lots of activities for all the family, which attracts people from all over the UK and further afield and is always one of the highlights of the summer. Leicestershire has a rich and proud heritage to showcase and the Bosworth Medieval Festival does just that, as well as commemorating the Battle of Bosworth.
“I am really looking forward to its return on 20 and 21 August this year. It will be a great event for residents and visitors alike.”
The Battle of Bosworth was a pivotal moment in English history, which saw King Richard III lose his life and his crown to Henry Tudor – bringing the Tudor dynasty to the throne. The re-enactment aims to help visitors to learn more about this crucial point in English history, as well as honouring those who fought and died on both sides.
To find out more, visit: www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk