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News: Joust for You

Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire is staging a summer festival of entertainment. History Live takes place on July the 19th and 20th, billing itself as Europe’s largest living history event. The weekend of activities includes 2,000 re-enactors, costumed interpreters and performers; with battle re-enactments, explosive displays, lectures and shows.

The War and the Horse display looks at the heroism and sacrifice of the men, women and horses on the WWI frontline. Aerial combat also features, with a full-scale replica of a First World War biplane. The WWII event involves troops, armoured vehicles and (weather permitting) a vintage warbird aircraft.

Battle re-enactments and displays include the Cavaliers and Roundheads of the English Civil War in action at the Battle of Marston Moor (1644), as well as the Battle of Stoke Field (1487) and the Battle of the Standard (1138). Fans of medieval history can watch jousting, while the Imperial Roman Army will demonstrate legionary warfare.


To put this all in context, some of Britain’s leading historians and expert speakers will be giving talks and lectures. For more information visit: