Event details

What: Wars of the Roses Weekend
Dates: 8th June, 2024
– 9th June, 2024
Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Price: Free admission, activities vary

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Wars of the Roses Weekend

King Henry VI is proud to announce that on the 8th and 9th June, Sherwood Forest will be hosting the Wars of the Roses weekend.

Tensions have been rising recently between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians and rumours have been brewing that a civil war may be coming.

The event will bring together these political powerhouses and, hopefully, unite the nation.

Re-enactment groups from both sides will set up their camps across the events green giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal to some real life living history. There will be medieval cooking, weaving, spinning and armour and weapons on display.

The re-enactment groups are:

  • Lord Thomas Stanley’s Retinue
  • The Gray Household
  • Beaufort Companye
  • Coventry Levy
  • The Woodville Household
  • The Thomas Fitzgeralds
  • The Savile Household
  • The English Free Company
  • The Neville Household
  • The Oxford Household

With a range of talks, shows and skirmishes available throughout the day, you will be sure to be properly entertained.

  • 10:15am – Fashion show
  • 11am – Arming Race – A race between 2 differently armoured knights, to compare the difference
  • 11:30am – The Skirmish of Sherwood
  • 2pm – Bill Drill – We show you our moves, then it’s your turn to have a go
  • 3pm – Tournament – Hand to hand combat, a fight to crown a new champion

To find out more about coming to Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest check out our Plan Your Visit page.