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Battle of Lewes 750

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Stand by Lewes! A festival  to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes in 2014 takes place next month.

For more than three years a community project based at Lewes Castle has been busy building interest in this early struggle for democracy in which a king was defeated.

Originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Battle of Lewes Project will culminate this year in Battle of Lewes 750, a three-week festival which will take place in and around the town from May 3 to May 18.

The activities and events will include:

  • costumed processions through the town
  • a family festival at Landport Bottom, site of the battle in May 1264 between the opposing armies of Simon de Montfort and King Henry III
  • a three-day camp for young people with debates, drama, music and a 3D projection
  • a series of expert talks plus exhibitions and displays at Lewes Castle
  • medieval re-enactors and banners in the High Street
  • a drama following de Montfort’s night march from Fletching to Lewes
  • stalls and activities at a medieval May Fayre

  • a mystery play
  • live music
  • a special issue of the Lewes Pound and the launch of Harvey’s 1264 ale.

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The Battle of Lewes Project involved more than 400 volunteers with diverse skills and interests and led to the formation of a research and steering group. Many of the group’s members represent organisations which will stage events for Battle of Lewes 750.

A digital memorial, Lewes Loves Freedom, is also being set up via Twitter. Residents are being invited to make contact with people they know at home and abroad and invite them to send messages to  @LewesFreedomGovernment representatives, including leading world politicians will also be invited to take part. You can find out more here.