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TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

Last Sunday, Me Mom Dad and Hannah all went to the medieval festival at Tewkesbury. I'd never been before and had one of Dads customers not mentioned it, we still wouldn't even know it existed! As Tewksbury is less than an hours drive from Birmingham we thought it would be nice to pop down for the day and see what the festival was all about.

TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL ENTRANCE
TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL BATTLE REENACTMENT

Every year Tewkesbury hosts the largest medieval reenactment in Europe. It's a free event and it is huge! Thousands of traders and reenactment enthusiasts come together, with many camping overnight in medieval style tents, wearing, eating and using only things that would have been available at the time. We spoke to people from all over Europe who had traveled miles to come to the event.

The festival is based around a famous battle that occurred here in 1471 between the house's of York and Lancaster during the War of the Roses.

There were all sorts of things happening throughout the day, however the thing we were most excited for was the battle reenactment. Many of the enthusiasts gear up and reenact the battle, and believe me they really go for it. Both sides, armed with guns, bows and arrows and swords charge at each other 'killing' and 'wounding' as they gain ground for their side. How no one was injured during the reenactment I'll never know because it looks genuinely violent.

TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL BATTLE REENACTMENT
BATTLE REENACTMENT - THE LAST TWO SOLDIERS FIGHTING

The battle really was amazing as the closest I've ever got to anything like it is through watching Game of Thrones. Even though we all knew which side was going to win it was a fantastic thing to watch. I really enjoyed the whole day out and would definitely go back again next year!

Have you ever been to Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, or any other type of medieval reenactment before?

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