History Live! - English Heritage

19 July 2014
20 July 2014


Experience 2,000 years of history in one weekend at English Heritage's flagship event at Kelmarsh Hall.

Kelmarsh Hall's events site will be transformed into a festival of historical entertainment for all ages, with the return of History Live!, Europe’s largest living history event. Over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014, 2,000 re-enactors, costumed interpreters and performers will come together as English Heritage brings thrilling story of England’s past to life.

Spectacular battle re-enactments, explosive displays and fascinating shows will entertain and amaze, while visitors can also explore the sights, sounds and smells of times gone by in the absorbing living history encampments. Younger visitors can enjoy all the fun of the historic funfair and get involved in shows for kids, have-a-go jousts and mini-battles in the Family Zone, while adults enjoy live music and performances in the Festival Court, and browse for souvenirs in the historic marketplace.

2014 will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and the commemoration of this conflict will feature two contrasting displays of old and new. The War and the Horse display will tell of the heroism and sacrifice of the men, women and horses on the frontline, and the transformation wrought by the conflict, while Flight Lieutenant Absilon Staffage – one of the new ‘Knights of the Air’ – will unveil his new-fangled Flying Machine.

In this 70th anniversary year of the D-Day landings, the popular World War Two display will return, with an explosive show featuring troops, armoured vehicles and even (weather permitting) a vintage warbird aircraft. The main arena will play host dramatic battle re-enactments and displays, bringing to life some of the key moments of English history to wow audiences. Highlights for 2014 include the Cavaliers and Roundheads of the English Civil War in action at the Battle of Marston Moor (1644), plus the Battle of Stoke Field (1487) and the Battle of the Standard (1138).

History Live! also brings together the best living history from across England into one place, with returning favourites including the spectacular thrills and spills of the Grand Medieval Joust, the awesome might of the Imperial Roman Army, and an exciting redcoat reconstruction of the War of 1812. If all this history in one place whets the appetite to learn more, then some of Britain’s leading historians will be part of the line-up of expert speakers at the History Revealed Magazine Lecture Tent.

For more details and to buy tickets visit English Heritage's website.