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Festival stages 'alternative Bosworth’ battle

August medieval bonanza presents different end to pivotal Wars of the Roses battle

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This year’s Bosworth Medieval Festival will have a twist on the history-changing Battle of Bosworth – by exploring what would have happened King Richard III had won the day.

The two-day festival in August features the full battle re-enactment on both days - and will be preceded by an ‘alternative battle’ staged by the Wars of the Roses Federation in which, this time, Richard III emerges victorious.

There will also be a special, interactive debate at the festival with audiences being led in a discussion about what might be different today if Richard III had been the victor on 22 August, 1485.


The festival at our Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is a great event with lots of activities for all the family and the alternative battle is another excellent addition to the programme.


This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, 18 August and Sunday, 19 August, with lots of activities for visitors of all ages, including jousting, archery, cannon fire demonstrations, living history encampments, guided tours, author talks, a medieval craft market and exciting hands-on games and competitions for children.


The Battle of Bosworth was a pivotal moment in English history, bringing the Tudor dynasty to the throne. This year, as well as re-enacting the Battle of Bosworth and remembering those who fought and died in it, we will be looking at what would have happened if Richard III had been victorious.

In our debates, we’ll be discussing such questions as ‘Would England have remained a Catholic country if the Tudors had never come to the throne’?, ‘What would our legal system look like now?’ and ‘Would we have a very different society to where we are today?’

The alternative battle outcome and the debates will offer visitors a new insight into the Battle of Bosworth and we are really excited to be able to add this to our popular Bosworth Medieval Festival programme.


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  • The debates on the Bosworth alternative outcome will be at 10.15am on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday  - they're available to Medieval Festival ticket holders at an extra cost of £3


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