A festival to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes took place in May 2014.
For more than three years a community project based at Lewes Castle had 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 culminated in Battle of Lewes 750, a three-week festival which took place in and around the town from May 3 to May 18.
The activities and events included:
- 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.
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 represented organisations which staged events for Battle of Lewes 750.
Download a commemorative programme here
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Find out more:
- Why celebrate the Battle of Lewes?
- Learn about the battle
- Explore the battlefield
- The Battle of Lewes Tapestry
- Past Events
- Follow Lewes Castle on Twitter