Prepare for the ultimate historical adventure as over 2,000 costumed performers bring the story of England to life over one action-packed weekend. 14th – 15th July 2012
Bringing over 2,000 years of history to life, Festival of History 2012 is packed full of spectacular battle re-enactments, awesome combat displays and celebrations of daily life through the ages.
- The 1066 Battle of Hastings (NEW!) – Sat & Sun, 12.30pm
For the first time at Festival of History, re-live the atmosphere and tension of one of England’s most famous conflicts, and witness the making of the most famous date in our history.
- The Battle of Stoke Field – Sat & Sun, 11am
See the last bloody battle of the Wars of the Roses brought to life, as the Tudor age begins and Henry VII takes the English crown.
- Drop Zone D-Day – Sat & Sun, 4pm
We’ve a surprise in the skies to help our heroes on the ground in a World War Two battle re-enactment.
- Prince Malik’s Lancers – Sat & Sun, 1pm
A favourite with all the family, enjoy this truly spectacular show of unparalleled horsemanship and skill.
- The Roman Imperial Army – Sat & Sun, 12.15pm & 3pm
Witness the might and power of the Roman Empire, with a trip back to the 1st century AD.
- Medieval Joust Tournament – Sat & Sun, 2pm
A firm favourite returning for 2012, cheer on your champion in the 15th century full-contact joust.
- The War of 1812 (NEW!) – Sat & Sun, 11.30am
In the year of the Bicentenary we remember the epic conflict, fought on land and sea between the new United States of America and the British Empire.
- Victorian Gymkhana – Sat & Sun, 11am
Watch in wonder as our elegant Ladies and Gentlemen dazzle you with displays of skill and bravery in this Victorian equestrian show
- Gladiators! - Are you ready? With awesome hand-to-hand combat displays, our Gladiators keep the ferocious ancient sport alive. And there isn’t a ‘travelator’ in sight!
- Edwardian Falconry - Marvel at the breathtaking speed and grace of falcons in flight, learn about the history of these magnificent birds of prey and their use throughout the Edwardian era.
- First World War Music Hall (NEW!)- If the action in the main arena gets too much, escape for a good old sing song in the First World War Music Hall. (Please note that this will replace the Victorian Music Hall previously advertised.)
- Second World War Vintage Fashion & Beauty (NEW!) - Fancy a new look? Pick up some wartime tricks and tips at these new demonstrations of fashion from the ’40s.
AND MUCH MORE!
- First World War Trench Experience - Extended for 2012, experience what life would have been like in the Great War in the recreated First World War trench.
- Festival of Historical Writing - Back by popular demand!
- Family Zone - From creating giant historical street scenes in the Family Activity Tent to sandcastle building on the Victorian Beach, there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy together.
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