The Battle for North Walsham, also known as the Battle of North Walsham took part between 25th or 26th June 1381 and it was part of the local protests against the Poll Tax and known as the Peasants Revolt.
This huge new annual event taking place around the town of North Walsham and culminating on North Walsham’s Memorial Park is to commemorate this battle.
It will feature many medieval activities. Archery and combat displays and a battle re-enactment on Sunday. Medieval traders, have-a-go archery and pony rides, as well as plenty of food and drink. You’ll also be able to see and talk to armored knights, the peasant army and minstrels.
You will be able to visit the living history encampment to meet the 120+ reenactors and see how our ancestors lived in the 14th century.
In the town itself there will be lectures, guided historical walks, medieval hanging banners, concerts, mummers and mystery plays, a parade and a church service.
The event starts on Friday 17th July with Cinema in the Park showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
On the evening of Saturday 18th July a costumed medieval banquet will be held in St Nicholas Church.
Between January and April FREE workshops and costumed visits are available for local schools on the events of 1381 and there is also a series of FREE costume workshops starting on 18th January. Contact us to find out more on both of these.
Local residents, visitors and traders are all invited to take an active part in making this a spectacular new regional event. Contact us if you would like to be involved in any way.
The event is being brought to you by the newly constituted group Battle for North Walsham – 1381 Revisited and Black Knight Historical.