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- 19/02/13 - New shows added to show list. Glastonbury, Tewkesbury, Arundel castle
- 27/02/13 - Hearstmonceux castle show added to show list.
- 26/03/13 -New shows added to show list. Templecombe, Berkeley
Skirmish and Wallop school
- 03/04/13 -New shows added to show list. Midlands History fair, West
Bromwich St georges day
- 09/04/13 -New show added to show list. Stapleford minature Railway open weekend
- 16/04/13 -New shows added to show list. Mortimers Cross, Wilton Carnival and Stourbridge carnival
- 16/04/13 -Midlands History Fair cancelled.
- 29/04/13 -New shows added to show list. Loxwood Joust
- 07/05/13 -New shows added to show list. Tatton park
- 21/05/21 -New shows added to show list. Jubile Park, Borrington, Journey Through the ages
MEDIEVAL RE-ENACTMENT SOCIETY, Covering a large period in history (1300-1485) there are limitless ideas for costume and armour, from archer to fully armoured Knight, cannon crew to skirmisher. This is a hobby that can cost as much or as little as you want, as most of the basic equipment can be made at home, the extras are up to you!
We have no restrictions on woman fighting, other than they must dress as men and take on a male character whilst in battle. There are a number of non-combatant roles available such as archer, cannon crew, handgunner, standard bearer, musician, page. Our minimum age is 18, although younger members are OK as part of a family. You must be 18 or over to fight.
We travel all over the country during the summer months (and sometimes the winter too) performing at a wide variety of events, from small village fayres to large multi-society re-enactment's of up to 1500 people, as well as film and video work.
The Society was first formed in 1974 by Dave Woodward, who is still out society grand master. The active Membership is currently 50 located around England (and we also have an affiliate chapter in the states, see the commandrie details below). We mainly cover the period from 1300 to 1485 but can turn our hands to earlier periods.
Our shows can include many highly educational and entertaining activities and displays depending on the requirements of the venue. Including foot tournaments, melees, skirmishes, static displays, encampments, shoot the knight participation archery and armour making demonstrations by our own in house armourers.
An important part of our displays is interacting with the public. We are always willing and able to talk to the public, and answer any questions about the display or any other medieval subject and let them handle and try on any of the arms and armour.
Our static display includes:
- A Range of Medieval armour, weapons and equipment to view, handle and try on.
- Encampment with Authentic tents and field equipment.
- Heraldic colours and flags.
- Early artillery and handguns.
- Shoot the knight: Have a go archery against targets or actual armoured nights!
- Armour making demonstrations.
- Arming of a knight demonstration.
We stage various Arena events featuring A wide range of civilian and military characters: Knights, squires, Men at Arms, Archers, Hand gunners, skirmishers, standard bearers, pages, ladies etc:
- Small scale foot tourney (8-15 participants)
- Medium Skirmish (14-50)
- Larger Battles (50+)
- Size and content of our arena and static displays tailored to the requirements of the venue.
- Fees negotiable dependent on size and nature of show
- We have our own public liability insurance.
- Written contract required for all shows
We are always willing to take new members, if you are interested then read the details on this page, then check out the full society details/introduction and the various documents on the documents page (especially the rules & regulations) to get an idea of what we do. Look at the contacts page to see where we are and for e-mail contact details. Remember our minimum age is 18, and let us know roughly where you are (town/county)
The society puts on and/or takes part in many different types of events of all different sizes, such as: school talks, school shows, village fayres, large county shows, full battle re-enactments and medieval fayres, films, TV, weddings, Summer Balls ...
If you are interested in booking the society for an event,
then please send us an e-mail
with at least a brief description of the event, the location, the dates
and any specific questions. If you include a phone number we can call
you to discuss it. E-mail contact details and local branch info are on
the contacts page