Living History Festival Weald & Downland Museum

Living History Festival

Saturday 03 June to Sunday 04 June 2017
10.30am - 5pm

The Museum is holding a brand new Living History Festival over the weekend of 3-4 June 2017.

Step back in time whilst you walk through the ages at the Museum’s new signature event. Scores of re-enactors will be bringing the past to life with living history encampments, military displays, trades and crafts and historical demonstrations.

Full details to follow in spring 2017, but confirmed enactors include:

Destrier and The Pastons

For the first time this year Destrier and The Pastons are working together to create the “Pas D’armes of the Silver Tree”. Most modern tournaments focus on skill with a lance, but the Weald & Downland’s stunning buildings allow for a fully immersive experience with each knight bringing a full retinue of men at arms, retainers and ladies. Each day will culminate in the knights taking to the field mounted on their splendid horses to prove their strength and skill, a spectacle not to be missed!

The Ragged Victorians 

Back in the day when a shilling was a weeks wage, when even ‘Pure’ (Dogs Dung) was a valuable source of income, low class Victorians were living by whatever means they could. With no homes, no income and no benefit system for support, an honest days work could mean labouring the most degrading jobs in the world, for little or scant reward. See The Ragged Victorians capture an episode of history for you to experience, with an authentic impression of what life was like, in Victorian ruled England, circa 1851.

The Tudor Group

See The Tudor Group illustrate some of the ordinary facets of daily life for men, women and children, both rich and poor.

Wardour Garrison

Meet Wardour Garrison a group of enthusiastic re-enactors who enjoy leaving our more conventional, 21st Century lives behind to re-create life as it might have been in England during the Seventeenth Century.


Meet Weorod, a Saxon Living History Group at the Museum.


See medieval historic interpreters,  Pelican-in-her-Piety, at their piety camp.

RAF Regiment Historic Flight

Enjoy living historical displays portraying the history and pre-history of the RAF Regiment from 1922 to the 1970’s.



We are always very pleased to welcome new faces! If you are interested in exhibiting with us in 2017, please download our 2017 Exhibitor Pack here or click on the image below.

Trade Exhibitor Pack                       Food Producer Pack                        Catering Tender Pack

 Weald & Downland Museum exhibitor pack 2017 image  Food pack Catering pack