Living History Festival

Saturday 02 June to Sunday 03 June 2018
10.30am - 5pm

Step back in time! Come and experience 1,000 years of history at our new 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?

During this special weekend you have the chance to 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. Activities will be located across the Museum site, with a timed programme of displays in the Events Field arena. Please be aware that some of the demonstrations include gunfire – expect some very loud bangs!

Watch the video

That’s TV Solent kindly filmed our 2017 event – take a look.


Download the Living History Festival 2017 show programme here and see what took place.

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.

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 contact the Museum on 01243 811363  or [email protected] in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

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, Wattle & Daub, will be open, plus food and drink stalls are available in the Food Village. There are also lots of picnic areas.

Information for exhibitors

We are always very pleased to welcome new faces! If you are interested in exhibiting with us in 2018, please email [email protected]. Our 2018 Exhibitor Park will be available in spring 2018.


Outright (or contributory) sponsorship of any event is possible! We have various packages to suit all budgets and we would be delighted to discuss your requirements. Our events are a fantastic way to reach your target audience and support the Museum. For further information please email our Events Manager on [email protected] or call 01243 811363.