Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

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Location: A38 Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury

Website: www.visittewkesbury.info/whats-on/tewkesbury-medieval-festival/

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival has been the high spot of Tewkesbury’s summer since 1983.

It is now widely regarded as the largest free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe, attracting re-enactors, traders, entertainers, and visitors from all over the world.

Its central feature is a spectacular re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury on part of the site of the original battle of 1471. Many of the participants including wives and children live as a medieval army in authentic encampments for the whole weekend.

It also features a wide range of period entertainment, including music, dance and drama as well as collection of fascinating characters from the past. These may include surgeons, preachers and even the odd dragon keeper.

There is a children’s activity area, with period based arts and craft sessions, and an exhibition tent with displays from organisations specialising in various aspects of history.

Our busy and colourful medieval market has everything from a suit of armour or a fabulous gown, to pot of herbs or bag of sweets on sale.

There are also associated events in the town, which is decorated with authentic medieval banners for the festival period.

Food and drink (including ale specially brewed for the occasion,) are widely available and best of all, despite its size and popularity, entry to Tewkesbury Medieval Festival is free, and it hard working volunteer directors are determined to keep it that way.

There is however a small charge for parking to help pay for their considerable costs.

The festival always takes place on the second FULL weekend in July.

Where to stay

With such a large event taking place in a small town, hotels and other accommodation fills rapidly, so early booking is recommended.

If circumstances allow we will be offering public camping at very reasonable rates, but again space will be limited.

Full details of all accommodation, including camping are available from Tewkesbury Tourist Information Centre, tewkesburytic@tewkesbury.gov.uk.