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Living History Festival, 3–4 June 2017

By 2 June 2017March 4th, 2021No Comments

Walk through the ages at our new Living History Festival!

Travel back through time and experience 1,000 years of history at the Museum’s new Living History Festival on the weekend of 3–4 June 2017, where over 200 of the UK’s top costumed re-enactors and living history groups will bring history to life at the Museum.

During this special weekend visitors can experience the past from Saxon times to the twentieth century. See what happened at a medieval tournament, Saxon craftspeople making beautiful items, plus the sights and smells of a Tudor market. How did you survive in the Victorian era with little money? The Ragged Victorians will show you!

Meet scores of re-enactors who will provide a glimpse into a different age. Activities will be located across the Museum site, with timed events in the field arena.

This is an event for all the family with encampments to explore, food and drink to taste, demonstrations of horsemanship and military drills to watch, plus trades, crafts and historical demonstrations to enjoy.

Living history and re-enactment groups

Living history and re-enactment groups in attendance at the event include:

Destrier and The Pastons

Experience a fully immersive tournament experience with each knight’s full retinue of men at arms, retainers and ladies. Each day culminates in the knights taking to the field mounted on their splendid horses to prove their strength and skill, a spectacle not to be missed!


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 1970s.

The Ragged Victorians

Back in the day when a shilling was a week’s wage, when even ‘Pure’ (Dogs Dung) was a valuable source of income, low class Victorians were living by whatever means they could.

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.

The Yeomanry and Territorial Force

This display brings you the story of these brave volunteers, also portraying the Legion of Frontiersmen, a civilian paramilitary unit formed in 1905.

Wardour Garrison

This group of enthusiastic re-enactors recreate life as it might have been in 17th century England.


Meet Weorod, a Saxon Living History Group.

These groups, plus many more, will appear alongside the Museum’s own team of demonstrators to give visitors a truly immersive historical experience, which is suitable for visitors of all ages.

Information for visitors

Regular Museum entry price apply and include access to the festival. The Living History Festival will open at 10.30am and close at 5pm.

The Museum will also close at the end of the show for safety reasons. Some arena demonstrations include gunfire, so expect some very loud noises.

Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking in overflow car park fields. The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, food and drink stalls will offer hot and cold snacks and drinks, plus there are lots of picnic areas.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum on 01243 811363 or to email office@wealddown.co.uk in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

Photo credit: ARW Photography