EVENTS & TRAILS
With Worcestershire’s Vale and Spa steeped in history, it will be unsurprising to know that there are special history themed events throughout the year, or starring roles in others.
Droitwich Spa Romans
The north Worcestershire town owes a lot to the Romans which is why you’ll find many references to them throughout Droitwich and at events. The Romans were after Droitwich salt and made the journey specifically to get it, and also used it to pay their soldiers. Once arrived, they called their settlement “Salinae” – meaning “Salt Works”. It’s believed The Romans continued to stay in the town for 400 years.
The brine found under the town created a lot of wealth and was best exploited by John Corbett – known as the Salt King – in the 19th century. The subsequent business opportunities resulted in the construction of two canals and the Chateau Impney. It’s likely all of this wouldn’t have been possible without The Roman’s early intervention.
If you visit Droitwich in late June at the annual Food & Drink Festival, you’ll find a living history camp of Romans and even a march through the town – quite the spectacle! The living history camp is a fascinating chance to see how they lived in the settlement and gives the opportunity to ask many questions.
If you can’t wait until August to experience the Battle of Evesham, the Simon de Montfort society have produced a self-guided trail, clearly signed by waymarked posts which takes you over the general area the battle was fought.
It simply attempts to show the lie of the land and for the visitor to envisage what happened in the area on 4 August 1265. If you’re fortunate to visit on the clear day, the trail allows glorious views to Bredon and the Malvern Hills.
To download a PDF of the Evesham Battle Trail leaflet, click here
Please note – The route of the Trail is entirely on private land. Access is strictly by permission of the landowner and tenants and at their own discretion. There is no intention to dedicate any part of the Trail as a public right of way.
Please keep strictly to the marked paths, do not enter any other land, respect all property and take your litter home.
Regrettably, no dogs are allowed anywhere on the trail. The route is undulating and regrettably not suitable for wheelchairs.
The Battle of Evesham: Sat 3 – Sun 4 August
The 13th century war – the Battle of Evesham – was one of two main battles during England’s Second Barons’ War, and marked the defeat of Simon de Montfort. Originally taking place on 4 August 1265, Evesham now annual commemorates this significant battle with a weekend event (the first in August).
The action-packed weekend will include hundreds of re-enactors fighting ‘to the death’ on Saturday and Sunday. The Battle of Evesham Grand Parade, with mounted knights in full armor will wind its way through the town on the Saturday On Evesham’s Crown Meadow, visitors can watch medieval musicians and dancing at the camp, along with craftsmen demonstrations and medieval cookery
Full details on the free to enter event in the heart of Evesham can be found here.
Wartime in the Cotswolds: Sat 27 – Sun 28 April
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway welcome visitors to their nostalgic 1940’s weekend from Broadway station. 2019’s event will have an emphasis on the Home Front. Transport yourself back to September 1940 and imagine waiting for a train at a small station on the Great Western Railway. Children are being evacuated, soldiers are going back to barracks and aircrew are heading off to airfields in the South and West. “Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile.” For more information, click here
Wartime in the Vale: Sat 15 – Sun 16 June
One of the largest WWII military vehicle (500+ vehicles) and re-enactment event in the country, come and soak up the wonderful 40’s atmosphere. a great family show with a mix of military and vintage civilian displays at this WWII camp, at Ashdown Farm, Badsey, nr Evesham.
Featuring 500+ military vehicles, outstanding living history displays, BBMF flypast, American Civil War Camp & Battle both days, life size WWII camp, over 60 stalls, 1940’s dance classes and live entertainment all day.
For further information, click here
A spectacular weekend of Living History: Sat 10 – Sun 11 August
Spetchley Park hosts the M5 Living History Show where you will find acres of encampments bursting with history. With re-enactors covering Ancient Greeks, Romans, Medieval, Vikings, Napoleonic, American Civil War, WW1 and 2 and many more; and battles and displays throughout the day, there’s never a dull moment.
The large traders’ area can supply you with anything from a new string for you longbow to a tasty burger. There is a large beer tent and food traders catering for all tastes. For more information, click here.