Get ready for the English Heritage Festival of History 2009

By Culture24 Staff | 25 June 2009
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Peterkin the Royal Court Jester at Festival of History 2008. Picture courtesy of English Heritage

Europe’s biggest historical event, the English Heritage Festival of History, will be taking place on July 25 and 26 2009 at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.

More than 1,000 historical interpreters will be taking part in 100 performances commemorating England’s past including adrenalin pumping World War Two tank displays with Hollywood style special effects.

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Roman army at the Festival of History in 2008. Picture courtesy of English Heritage.

To tie in with the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne, there will be the chance to witness the fervour and danger of a Tudor Joust featuring a cast of costumed knights and courtiers.

“It's an extraordinary way to spend a summer's weekend. One minute you'll be finding out what the Egyptians did with ants eggs, crocodile dung and sheep fat, all in the name of beauty, and the next you'll be cheering for 'the soldiers of Waterloo', as Wellington's remarkable army, accompanied by impressive Congreve war rocket demonstrations, meet the victors of the Peninsular War,” said Emily Burns, Head of Events at English Heritage.

“Throughout your visit, you might find yourself trading battle tips with medieval knights, World War Two soldiers and Roman gladiators, and joining in with groups of courtiers as they laugh at the royal jester's antics or admire a Tudor fashion show.”

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A young knight at the Festival of History 2008. Picture courtesy of English Heritage.

There are loads of events to keep young history fans entertained with opportunities to dress up as their favourite historical character, try out their acting and dancing skills and be entertained by storytellers and puppet shows.

Children can also get their hands on a time traveller’s passport and try their hand at a variety of roles in the Time Traveller's Go Tent where they can take on roles from dashing medieval knights, to joining a Roman drill or learn the secrets of becoming a World War Two spy.

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Battle commences at the Festival of History 2008. Picture courtesy of English Heritage

For more information visitors go to the Festival of History website. Visitors who pre-order tickets either online or by calling 0870 333 1183 will automatically be entered into the Golden Ticket draw, for a chance to win some fabulous English Heritage prizes, including a relaxing country weekend in one of their beautiful holiday cottages.

Prices:

One Day Ticket- Adult £18.00 / Concession £14.00 / Child £10.00/ Family £45.00

Weekend Ticket - Adult £28.50 / Concession £23.00 / Child £14.50 / Family £72.00

English Heritage Member One Day Ticket - Adult £10.00 / Concession £7.50 / Child £5.50 / Family £23.00

English Heritage Member Weekend Ticket - Adult £15.00 / Concession £12.00 / Child £8.00 / Family £36.50

English Heritage Member Guest One Day Ticket - Adult £14.50 / Concession £11.50 / Child £7.50 / Family £35.00

English Heritage Member Guest Weekend Ticket - Adult £22.00 / Concession £18.00 / Child £12.00 / Family £57.00

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