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Numbers are up for battle re-enactment

More than 4,500 people attended last weekend's Bosworth battle re-enactment event - the first one held since the reinterment of King Richard III earlier this year.

Around 700 re-enactors and nearly 50 stallholders also took part in the two-day family event on Saturday and Sunday at the heritage centre.

The battle spectacular also included a rose-laying ceremony on the Saturday which remembered all those who lost their lives in the 1485 Wars of the Roses conflict.

Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for museums, said: “It’s been a momentous year for Bosworth and we’re delighted that interest continues to grow in the re-enactment weekend following Richard III's reinterment in March. The visitor figures were up by more than 20 per cent on last year’s total.”

The two-day event, which this year had a greater focus on family attractions, included jousting displays, medieval games, falconry flying, cannon fire demonstrations and living history camps.

It culminated in a dramatic re-enactment on both days of the battle, which was a pivotal moment in British history as Richard III lost his crown to Henry Tudor.
Bosworth continues to host a series of activities this week, including guided walks, falconry displays and a Warriors Through the Ages event on Sunday, August 30 and Bank Holiday Monday (Aug 31) which compares how arms and armour have changed through the centuries. There will be static displays of historical costumes and the armour featured during the event.

For further details about these events, visit www.bosworthbattlefield.com or call 01455 290429.

Last updated September 2015