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.
At a social level, the Society organises events for members and joins with other groups in joint events. Details are circulated to members. Among the highlights have been:
- Visits to Towton Battlefield for the Palm Sunday walk.
- A visit to Shrewsbury Battlefield for a tour with battle expert Stephen Maxwell.
- The annual ‘Three Battles Festival’ event in Worcester with the Worcester Battlefield and Simon de Montfort Societies
- A tour of the re-interpreted Bosworth Battlefield with historian and author Dr Michael Jones.
- A visit to the Pitt-Rivers Museum
- A tour of the Mary Rose and Mary Rose Museum with our patron Robert Hardy.
- Annual visits to the Simon de Montfort wreath laying and tour of the Evesham battlefield.
- A visit to Losecote field with the Battlefields Trust.
Activities the Society are involved in during 2013:
- Banner Painting. The Annexe, Barton Rd. Tewkesbury. Every Monday 1-4 p.m.
- Battlefield clean-up on ‘The Bloody Meadow’. Sunday 24th February 10-30 am.
- Music with Phil Beer, Theoc House, Tewkesbury. Friday 15th March (fund raising for the memorial statues) 7-30p.m.
- A visit to the Richard III exhibition in Leicester. Sunday 17th March. Meet Morrison’s 10 am.
- Battle of Towton Festival, Towton, Yorkshire. Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March.
- Visit to the new exhibition site of the ‘Mary Rose’. POSTPONED.
- Charity Auction and Quiz Night Tuesday 23rd April Theoc House, Tewkesbury. 7-30p.m. (auction)
(both fund raising for the memorial statues) 9-00p.m. (quiz)
- Armour in the Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey Saturday 4th to (exhibition open 10a.m to 4p.m. daily) Monday 6th May
- Street Banners event. The Hop Pole Hotel, Friday 10th and Church Street, Tewkesbury. Saturday 11th May.
- Wartime in the Vale. Near Evesham. Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June.
- Tewkesbury Medieval Festival. Friday 12th to Lincoln Green Lane, Tewkesbury. Sunday 14th July.
- Simon de Montfort event. Abbey Park, Evesham. Saturday 3rd August 10-30 am.
- Globe Theater performing Shakespear’s, Henry IV Sunday 4th August, an open air production at Tewkesbury council offices (tickets Malvern theater)
- Multi period event, Spetchley Park, Worcester. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August.
- Bredon Car Show. Tewkesbury school. Sunday 18th August.
- Richard III Federation Conference, Market Bosworth. Sunday 12th October
- Tewkesbury Christmas Lights, The High Street. Sunday 24th November
For more details on any of these events please use our contacts page.
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 1986, a way-marked trail was laid out, and a leaflet is available for self-guiding through the core of the battlefield. This is an easy walk and will take no more than an hour to complete. 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.
The summer walk.
Starting at the Crescent, Church Street, at 7.30 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 2.30pm from The Crescent next to the abby, generally on the first Sunday of the month. The walk may be subject to variations if there are any floods in Tewkesbury.
The Tredington walk
Normally on the Sunday prior to the anniversary of the Battle, a walk along the footpaths to Tredington, the Yorkist camp of the night before. This is again a couple of hours, but with no commentary. Just a walk, and a bit of a debate. The walk starts at 11.00am from the Queen Margaret’s Camp, opposite Gupshill Manor pub, on the Gloucester Road. And returns in time for a pub lunch.
The Festival walk
On the Sunday of the Medieval Festival in July, two walks are taken. The first at 11-30am and the second at 1-30pm. Both start from the public information tent on the fair, and spends a couple of hours looking 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 by battle re-enactors.
The Memorial Walk
On the Sunday closest to May 4th, the commemorative walk starts in the Tewkesbury Museum, Barton Street, at 2-oopm. Consisting of an audio-visual presentation and an examination of battlefield artifacts, followed by a walking tour of the battlefield. Including looking at the progress of the battle and discussion on tactics and weapons. The tour takes about two to two and a half hours, depending on the amount of discussion entered into.
Walk dates and locations
|Sunday 3rd February||2-30 pm||The Crescent||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday 3rd March||2-30 pm||The Crescent||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday 7th April||2-30 pm||The Crescent||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday 28th April||2-30 pm||Queen Margaret’s Camp||2 hour walk to Tredington and back.|
|Sunday 5th May||2-00 pm||The Town Museum||In depth anniversary battlefield talk and walk|
|Thursday 6th June||7-30 pm||The Crescent||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Thursday 4th July||7-30 pm||The Crescent||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday 14th July||11-30 am & 1-30 pm||The Medieval Festival||A walk around part of the original battlefield. (listen for announcements at the festival)|