Looking for a day out with a real difference - then as well as going somewhere else, why not go somewhen else and visit Europes largest battle re-enactment and fair.
To all who helped make Tewkesbury 2006 the best yet.
Step back to 1471. To visit Tewkesbury Medieval Festival is to step back in time to 1471 - the year of the famous Battle of Tewkesbury, when the crown of England was won and lost on fields outside this small market town. Now in its 22nd year it is the largest event of its kind in Europe and attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. Last year they travelled from California, Poland, Germany and Holland as well as all over the UK Around 2000 of them will take part in a spectacular re-enactment of the battle, with 3000 more camp followers, including wives and children, living the life of an army on the move, throughout the weekends. Visitors are welcomed into the camps, where the re-enactors are happy to talk about the role they play and the equipment they use. There is also a large market, with stalls supplying everything needed to re-create a medieval life style,from a full suit of armour to a lace to fasten a gown, whilst others cater more for the general public, with herbs, sweets, clothes and countless other delights. Entertainment will continue throughout the day, with music, jugglers, story tellers, and displays of combat. There is also a large and well stocked beer tent and a range of caterers, including a pig roast and an organic, vegetarian restaurant. The fair opens at 11am and closes at 6pm. on both days. The battle takes place at 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Entrance is free, but do expect to be accosted by costumed bucket rattlers - who are trying to help cover the costs of staging this large scale and spectacular event.Click here for more about Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury is about a mile from junction 9 of the M5. The fair site is well signed from there. Pedestrian access is down Lower Lode Lane. Entrance to the fair is free. All dogs must be kept on leads at all times and doggy bags and bins are provided. The site is spread over several fields, so whilst everyone is welcome wheelchair access is possible, but not easy. First aiders and security personnel are on duty throughout the weekend. for further information ring Tewkesbury Tourist Information Centre on 01684 295027 or see transport at www.tewkesburymedievalfestival.org