Living History Festival
Step back in time! Come and experience 1,000 years of history at our Living History Festival over the weekend of 2-3 June 2018.
What happened at a medieval tournament? How did Saxon craftspeople make beautiful items? What were the sights and smells of a Tudor market? How did you survive in the Victorian era with little money?
What can I expect?
During this special weekend you can walk through many different eras, from Saxon times to the twentieth century, to discover all this and much more.
Meet scores of re-enactors who will provide a glimpse into a different age and enjoy music from Trouvere Medieval Minstrels. Activities will be located across the Museum site, with a timed programme of displays in the Events Field arena – including the joust! Please be aware that some of the demonstrations include gunfire – expect some very loud bangs!
Click here to view the Living History Programme 2018 – please note that all activities and times are subject to change.
New for 2018
This year’s show incorporates the centenary of the British Percheron Horse Society and the Museum is pleased to be welcoming some 50 of their magnificent horses to the event. Click here to view the British Percheron Horse Society Centenary 2018 leaflet.
The British Percheron Horse Society is celebrating 100 years of the British stud book and members of the society’s horses will be taking part in arena reenactments connected with British history. The society will also display modern uses of the Percheron, including showing, competition driving, riding, plus farm and forestry work.
Members of the British Percheron Horse Society receive 50% discount on admission to the Living History Festival 2018 upon showing them membership card at the ticket office.
Watch the 2017 video
That’s TV Solent kindly filmed our 2017 event – take a look.
An event for all the family with encampments to explore, food and drink to taste, demonstrations of horsemanship and military drills to watch as well as trades, crafts and historical demonstrations to enjoy.
Information for visitors
Regular Museum admission prices apply and include admission to the show and Museum (free for Annual Members). Children aged 4 years and under enter free of charge.
Please note that there is no cash machine on site – although some stallholders take card payments you will need to bring your spending money with you.
The Living History Festival will open at 10.30am and close promptly at 5.00pm. The Museum itself will also close at the end of the show for safety reasons.
Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit.
Dogs on leads are welcome but please be aware there will be gunfire demonstrators and loud noises. There is ample free parking.
The Museum’s waterside café will be open, plus food and drink stalls are available. There are also lots of picnic areas.
If you have any questions please contact the Museum on 01243 811363 or email [email protected] in advance of you visit.