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The Battle of Shrewsbury was fought between King Henry IV and a rebellious faction led by the Percy family in 1403, and it was the first time the English longbow was used on both sides of the battlefield.
Over the anniversary weekend of the Battle of Shrewsbury on July 24 and 25, Battlefield 1403, visitors will head back to the medieval period with the battlefield coming back to life.
During this family day out, there will be the chance to see knights in armour and archers preparing for battle. There will be living history, including traditional crafts and cookery, with a variety of activities to try your hand at throughout the day. This will include national and regional living history groups along with many specialists on a huge range of areas.
At the end of each day, spectators will be able to take sides and cheer on their favoured army, as part of the battle is re-enacted on the original battlefield.
This event will be a great way to commemorate one of the county’s most important moments in history and immerse into this historical yet iconic period of history. During the weekend, the Churches Conservation trust will be re-opening the Battlefield church to highlight the connection to the battle and demonstrate how they are preserving the building for future generations.
Over the next few years the Battle of Shrewsbury Medieval weekend will be developed to help promote the history and heritage of the area. A series of pop up events, education days and interactive sessions for local schools are being planned.
The event is free to attend and will be on from 10am until 4pm each day, with the battle taking place at 3pm and demonstrations throughout the day.