Battle of Bosworth anniversary weekend

Enjoy a walk around the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park before the celebration weekend on Aug 16-17. Cassandra Ferguson reports

Illustration photo of Battle of Bosworth anniversary weekend

The ringing crash of steel as two sword blades strike, the booming gallop of a charge of horses and the richly coloured flags of the Knights of Arms has ensured the medieval battlefield remains a romantic - if gruesome - vista of chivalry, death and glory.

On 22nd August 1485, such a battle took place - the Battle of Bosworth.

Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, was victorious, defeating King Richard III and becoming the first king of the Tudor dynasty, ending the war between the Houses of Lancaster and York.

Each year, the anniversary of the battle is remembered with a weekend packed full of events and activities - climaxing in an exciting re-enactment of the battle.

This year, this will take place on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August, from 9.30am to 6pm each day (last entry 5pm).

For those wanting to stretch their legs before the battle commences, the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park offers a range of walks - including a short walk to the ‘sundial’ memorial honouring the soldiers who died on the battlefield.

The Centre provides ‘Battlefields Walks’ or the self-guided ‘Battlefield Trail’ to guide you around the site - through pretty woodland, interpretation stands and artworks. Dog walkers are made welcome as long as our four-legged friends remain on a lead (please note: only assistance dogs are allowed in the buildings).

The Centre’s exhibition provides an excellent introduction to the tensions of both dynastic families on the lead up to the battle - raising some uncomfortable questions about dishonorable double-crossing at the heart of this final battle of the War of the Roses.

During the anniversary weekend, short guided walks will be taking place to the ‘Sundial’. Other activities include a medieval camp and market, birds of prey, medieval children’s games, a 15th century fashion show as well as re-enactments of the Battle of Tewkesbury and the Battle of Bosworth.

While experts continue to argue about whether or not this is the true location of the battlefield - this is a great place to visit for those walkers with a passion for history as well as their walking boots!

During the anniversary weekend, the entrance fees are: adult (16+) £15; concession £13; under 16s £10. If you book on-line or phone in advance a discount is available.

For details - visit www.bosworthbattlefield.com, e-mail bosworth@lecis.gov.uk or telephone 01455 290429.

Photo: Leicestershire County Council

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Cassandra Ferguson is founder of outdoor website www.theglamoutdoors.com - celebrating everything that’s gorgeous about the great outdoors - follow on Twitter @theglamoutdoors


Cassandra published ‘The Glamorous Girl’s Guide to the Great Outdoors’ in 2013 (available from www.theglamoutdoors.com).

Cassandra is a member of the Outdoors Writers and Photographers Guild (visit at www.owpg.org.uk) and is based in the north-east of England.