County hosts Europe’s largest living history event

History Live at Kelmarsh Hall
History Live at Kelmarsh Hall

History lovers headed to Kelmarsh Hall this weekend to watch more than 2,000 re-enactors, interpreters and performers telling the story of 2,000 years of England’s past.

History Live has been described as Europe’s largest living history event.

History Live at Kelmarsh Hall

History Live at Kelmarsh Hall

This year’s festival, which continues until 6pm today (Sunday), has been organised by English Heritage and has included 90 historical traders, 50 horses, 40 Roman soldiers, 13 expert historians, 10 Second World War vehicles and eight medieval cannons.

New displays this year include a Clash of the Catapults, which sees pre-gunpowder artillery pieces compete to hurl objects into the air, and the story of the Battle of Flodden, to mark its 500th anniversary.

Other highlights included battle re-enactments of the Battle of Hastings, War of the Roses and D-Day landings, plus historical encampments and displays from through the ages.

The event also includes gladiators, redcoats, the Roman Imperial Army and features displays of clashing knights on horseback as well as allied soldiers “storming the beaches of Normandy”.

Visitors travelled to the festival from across the country.

Richard Jackson, aged 65, from West Yorkshire, was dressed as a Cold Stream Guard and met up with the rest of his regiment.

He said: “These are the only times we all meet up. All the drilling is done here, that is why sometimes we are a little bit rusty.

“This is the fifth time we have been here. It is great to meet up with friends.”