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 2017 :
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.
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 Tewkesbury from The Crescent, Church Street, at 2-oopm. The walk covers the progress of the battle includes a 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 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 locations
|Sunday April30th||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.|
|Thursday June 8th||7-30pm||The Crescent Church Street||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Thursday July 6th||7-30pm||The Crescent Church Street||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|
|Sunday July 9th||1-30pm||From the Medieval Festival||Walk around part of the battlefield as part of the festival. Donations to the event.|
|Thursday July 13th||7-30 pm||The Crescent Church Street||2 hour guided tour of the battlefield.|