Pop­u­lar fes­ti­val will see the clock turned back to me­dieval times

Gloucestershire Echo - - THURSDAY 11.07 -

» THOU­SANDS of peo­ple are ex­pected to visit Tewkes­bury for this week­end’s Me­dieval Fes­ti­val.

Thirty-six years af­ter a group of friends de­vel­oped an idea they had in the pub about re-en­act­ing the 1471 Bat­tle of Tewkes­bury the event has be­come firmly es­tab­lished as one of the big­gest and best me­dieval fes­ti­vals in Europe.

There will be lots for adults and chil­dren to see and do, in­clud­ing a full bat­tle re-en­act­ment, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, a me­dieval mar­ket and food stalls, a beer tent with live mu­sic and the­atre, and a chil­dren’s play arena.

The re-en­act­ment will take place on part of the site of the orig­i­nal bat­tle­field and will be fol­lowed by fal­conry dis­plays and more en­ter­tain­ment.

The event will start at 11am on Saturday (July 13) and will con­tinue un­til 6pm, when fur­ther events in the town will fol­low.

On Sunday, the fes­ti­val will start again at 11am and will con­tinue un­til 5pm.

En­try to the fes­ti­val is free, but do­na­tions are wel­come and pro­vide vi­tal funds for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the event. There will be do­na­tion points dot­ted around the site.

There will be mar­ket stalls, food and drink tents and plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to grab a bite to eat and some­thing to drink.

» Myths and Le­gends is the theme of this year’s Glouces­ter Car­ni­val.

Last year’s show saw a riot of colour when hun­dreds of peo­ple marched through the city in a World in Mo­tion theme.

This time round, the pro­ces­sion on Saturday (July 13) will leave from West­gate car park at 3.30pm and will make its way down on West­gate Street.

Af­ter cross­ing onto East­gate Street, it will turn down to Trier Way and then right onto Park Road be­fore finishing in Glouces­ter Park.

The city’s many dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties will be able to cel­e­brate some­thing unique to them dur­ing the car­ni­val, which has been held for the past 82 years.

» Full What’s On list­ings in your GL Week­end mag­a­zine and keep up to date at glouces­ter­shire­live.co.uk

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