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.
Society activities 2016 :
Street Banner painting. From Monday 4th January and then every Monday afternoon until 6th June, 1pm – 4pm in Elizabeth Wyatt House, Barton Rd. Tewkesbury.
Member’s Curry Evening. Saturday 23rd January. Contact Ruth on 01684 299022 , before 14th Jan for details.
Talk on Margaret of Anjou. Thursday 18th February. 7-45pm. Methodist church hall. Hosted by Tewkesbury Historic Society. Speaker Mr. John Reid. ,
Tour of WelshCastles & Churches. Sunday 13th March. 11am Morrison’s car park. Lead by Mr. Bernie Willoughby. Self drive outing.
Visit to the Newport Ship. Probably April 9th, date to be confirmed.
Visit to the Mary Rose. Probably late summer when restoration is complete. Date to be confirmed.
Street Banner display. Friday 20th May, 1pm – 6pm & Saturday 21st May 10am – 5pm Tewkesbury Town Hall.
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.
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 abbey, 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, site of the Yorkist camp the night before the battle. 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 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.
The Festival walks
On the Sunday of the Medieval Festival in July. Starts around 1-30pm (Please listen for announcements). Starting from the public information tent on the fair, and taking 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.
Walk dates and locations
|Sunday Jan 1st||2-30 pm||The Crescent Church Street||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday Feb 5th||2-30 pm||The Crescent Church Street||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday March 5th||2-30pm||The Crescent Church Street||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday April 2nd||2-30pm||The Crescent Church Street||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday April 30th||11-00am||Queen Margaret’s Camp||2 hour walk to Tredington and back.|
|Sunday May 7th||2-00 pm||The Crescent Church Street||2½ hour extended guided tour of the battlefield.|