Events & walks

The Society is frequently asked to supply speakers for groups or societies, to give presentations about aspects of the battle or the people, events and politics surrounding it. (Please use our contacts page if you require any further information.)

Working with Tewkesbury Museum, we also provide outreach to both primary and secondary schools.

Events

At a social level, the Society organises events for members and joins with other groups in joint events. Details are circulated to members. Amongst the events coming up are: over the next year are:

Society activities 2018 :

Street Banner painting. From Monday 4th January and then every Monday afternoon until 6th June, 1pm – 4pm in Elizabeth Wyatt House, Barton Rd. Tewkesbury.

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival. Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July. Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury.

For more details on any of these events please use our contacts page.

Walks

There are lots of possibilities for walking the battlefield. The southern part is largely open and undeveloped, partly due to our efforts in the past in objecting to building applications. There are routes from Gloucester, by the river Severn and from Tredington, by the river Swilgate. These are pleasant walks, with a number of footpaths criss-crossing the area.

In 2017 a re-vamped, a way-marked trail with interpretation boards together with an accompanying leaflet was launched for self-guiding through the core of the battlefield. This is an easy walk and will take no more than an hour to complete. Full details are available at the Tourist Information Centre. The Society provides a comprehensive programme of guided walks, which are described below. Additionally, walks can be tailored for the requirements and capabilities of interest groups. We have catered for everyone from the local heart support group to Wars of the Roses societies.

Battlefield Trail

Tewkesbury Battlefield Trail

The summer walk.

Starting at the short stay car park in Gander lane, (GL20:5PG)meet by the red brick gate into the Abbey grounds at 7.00 in the evening, generally, but not always, on the first Thursday of the month, this walk takes about two hours of gentle strolling. The “talk” explains the complex background to the battle, the conduct of the battle itself, and the fate of the main participants. It visits the “front line” and follows the action back into Tewkesbury.

The Winter Walk

Exactly as the summer walk, but starting at 2:00pm  also in Gander Lane short stay car park, generally on the first Sunday of the month. The walk may be subject to variations if there are any  floods in Tewkesbury.

A tour viewing Tewkesbury Abbey from the Monument

The Anniversary Walk This is on the Bank Holiday Monday closest to May 4th, we host our commemorative walk. The event takes the form of an all day walk, starting at the site of the Yorkist camp at Tredington and returns to the battlefield and Tewkesbury along the route of the Yorkist advance. The walk covers the progress of the battle, includes a discussion on tactics and weapons. Following a break for lunch, the afternoon consists of a tour of the battle burials within the Abbey and access into the living history event Armour at the Abbey. There is a charge for this event. Full details will be available early in 2019 and published on this site.

The Festival walks

On the Sunday of the Medieval Festival in July.  Starts around 11:00pm (Please listen for announcements). Starting from the public information tent on the fair. This takes approximately 1 hour and looks at aspects of the battlefield which are within parts of the Festival site. This is less of a guided walk and more of a travelling debate, as it is often joined by battlefield historians, and/or battle re-enactors.

Walk dates and

2019
Sunday 6th January 2:00 pm Abbey Lawn Car Park, Gander Ln GL20:5PG 2 hr guided walk of the battlefield
Sunday 3rd February 2:00 pm Abbey Lawn Car Park, Gander Ln GL20:5PG

 

2 hr guided walk of the battlefield
Sunday 3rd March 2:00 pm Abbey Lawn Car Park. Gander lane. GL20:5PG 2 hour guided walk of the battlefield
Sunday 7th April 2:00 pm Abbey Lawn Car Park. Gander lane. GL20:5PG 2 hour guided walk of the battlefield
Monday 6th May 9:00 am    Anniversary            Walk.              (See website) All day event
Thursday 6th June 7:00 pm Abbey Lawn car park. Gander lane.  GL20:5PG 2 hour guided walk of the battlefield