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Top 5 Summer Living History Events

27 June 2018 | Emily May

It may be Summer 2018, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend the sunshine in a different era. Whether you’re into the Victorians or the Romans, The Celts or the Medieval period, there’s a host of living history events over the upcoming months to transport you back to summers of yesteryear.

Clash of the Romans, Various Locations
One of the UK’s most famous invaders, the Romans are well known for their military supremacy and strategy. This summer, you’ve got the opportunity to witness the Roman army’s skills in action in authentic locations such as Birdoswald Roman Fort, Cumbria. Two teams of soldiers will fight to fend off their foe, demonstrating their prowess in archery, spear throwing and sword fighting.

Image Credit: English Heritage via their website
 
Clash of the Romans takes place at various locations across the UK over the summer, including Birdoswald Roman Fort, Cumbria (21 – 22 July) and Portchester Castle, Hampshire (4 – 5 August).
 
Grand Medieval Joust, Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire         
In Medieval England, there was one sure fire way to obtain honour and glory – to be a triumphant winner of the grand joust! Watch the fierce contest as knights on horseback ride towards each other at high speed, wielding lances and aiming to strike their opponent (all cleared by health and safety of course…) If you need a break from watching boys and their toys, mill around the colourful encampments in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle, and even be entertained by the naughty court jester. 

Image Credit: masimage via flickr
 
The Grant Medieval Joust takes place at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire on 23-24 June 2018.
 
The Celts Are Coming!, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Perthshire
Returning after its inaugural event for the Scottish Crannog’s Centre’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2017, The Celts are Coming! is a weekend celebrating prehistoric life. Set in the unique location of the centre’s reconstructed crannog (a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland), the two-day festival welcomes prehistoric experts who will perform various demonstrations, from prehistoric food preparation to traditional blacksmithing, Celtic gardening and herb demonstrations to spoon carving! Also, don’t miss the Iron Age Olympics, where all of the family can get involved in spear-throwing, archery and even fish throwing! 

Image Credit: Marc via Flickr
 
The Celts are Coming! Takes place at The Scottish Crannog Centre from 4 – 5 August 2018.
 
Cavendish’s Horses, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
The only place in the country staging regular dressage performances, Bolsover Castle has programmed a whole summer of intricate equestrian displays in their renowned indoor riding school, which was built by William Cavendish during the 1600s. Cavendish – as well as being the one time riding master of the future King Charles II – is regarded as being the father of modern dressage. Step back in time to the Cavalier period, as you view the demonstrations set to Baroque music, with the riders dressed in frills, feathers and high boots. Don’t worry if you’re not an equestrian expert, there’ll be commentary explaining the techniques displayed.

Image Credit: Matthew Wells via Flickr
 
Cavendish’s Horses takes place at Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire every weekend (except for 25 – 26 August) from 23 June until 30 September. For all dates look at Bolsover Castle’s events page.
 
Victorian’s Worst Jobs, Various Locations
You may not be too enamored with your 9-5 office job, but a visit to the Victorian’s Worst Jobs event at both Wrest Park and Audley End House may make you very grateful you’re not at the mercy of the dirt, filth, disease and possible death that came with employment in the late 1800s. At this careers fayre with a difference, check out the plights of chimney sweeps, matchstick makers, and porcelain glazers, and discover why these people are rightly called the Vile Victorians!

Image Credit: English Heritage via their website

Victorians Worst Jobs takes place at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire from 6 – 10 August 2018 and at Audley End House and Gardens, Essex, 23 – 27 July 2018.
 

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