Battle of Lewes 750: Venues


Landport Bottom

Saturday May 3: The CHALKlife Festival with Medieval Mayhem. Free family festival celebrating the people, history and wildlife of the South Downs. Access from the old racecourse road. 11 am – 4 pm.

Saturday May 3: Medieval Mayhem Feast. Live music with Tongue and Groove and performers from StarfishTickets £5 from Nevill Junior Bonfire Society5.00 – 10.30 pm

Wednesday May 14Dawn March on Lewes. A walk from Fletching to Lewes, marking De Montfort’s advance on May 14 1264. Organised by Mid-Sussex Ramblers. FULLY BOOKED!

May 3-18: Montfort’s March. Site-specific play by The Company following Simon de Montfort’s route over the Downs to Landport Bottom. Tickets £10/£5 from Lewes TIC and Various dates and sites. Performances start 2 pm except 14 May (6.00pm)



May 3 onwards:

 Showdown at the WindmillExhibition of cartoon panels describing a major skirmish during the battle.  Accompanied by a handmade diorama by Peter Cole.  Museum opening hours.

The History and Archaeology of Landport Bottom. Includes a display of old photographs of the battlefield and the artefacts which were found during the recent archaeological survey. Museum opening hours.

Saturday May 3 – Saturday May 17: The Battle of Lewes Story. Including the Medieval Marquee and five days and nights of special talks linked to 1264.  More information here.

Wednesday May 14: The Tapestry Unveiled. Dr Louise Wilkinson unveils the Battle of Lewes Tapestry which will then remain on display throughout May at Barbican House Museum. Part of The Battle of Lewes Story.


Friday May 16 – Sunday May 18: Prepare for Battle. Unique 13th century festival celebrating the role of the battle in forging parliamentary democracy. Music, 13th century village, political debate and drama including a new play by poet John Agard. Railway Land, Lewes. Tickets and more information: Lewes Youth Theatre.


Saturday May 10May Fayre. Traditional fair with stalls, displays, activities, including a medieval operating theatre. Entry: £2. 10.30 am – 4 pm.The battle monument, which lies immediately to the east of the priory ruins.

Saturday May 10: Henry’s March on Lewes.  A walk from Glynde marking the King’s arrival in the town on May 10 1264. Limited spaces. Contact: Lewes Footpaths Group: (Arrive Cliffe mid-morning, then on to the priory.)

Wednesday May 14: Unveiling of the newly-bronzed panels on the park’s Battle MonumentTime 3 pm.

Saturday May 17: The Day of the BattleOpen-air mystery play. 4.30 pm.


Friday May 9: Battle of Lewes BanquetFundraising auction. Lewes Town Hall.

Saturday May 10: Battle of Lewes Bash. Live music, medieval and modern, from Sussex Pistols, So Last Century, Kalamus. All Saints Church, Lewes. Tickets: £7.50 from Union Music Store, Lewes Tourist Centre, or Doors open 7.30 pm.

May 12 – 17: Lewes Schools Art and Creative Writing. Exhibition of top entries from the Lewes-wide competition organised by Rotary Club of Lewes Castle. May 10 and 17: Church of St John sub Castro. May 12-16: Foyer, Lewes Town Hall.

Tuesday May 13: The Sword of Freedom. The Everyman Ensemble perform a piece of specially commissioned choral music composed by Helen Glavin. Musical director – John Hancorn. With troubadour musicians. Lewes Town Hall. 7.30 pm. Free.

Wednesday May 14: Fireworks. Dripping Pan, Lewes. 9.40 pm. Supported by Lewes Town Council and Battle Royal 750.

Friday May 16: Talk: The Battles of Lewes. Dr Graham Mayhew. Anne of Cleves House, Lewes. 7.30 pm. Part of Museums at Night. Contact: Friends of Anne of Cleves House.

Saturday May 17: The Day of the BattleOpen-air mystery play. Lewes Castle 10.30 am, Harvey’s yard 12.00 noon, Lewes Priory 4.30 pm.

Saturday May 17: Battle Royal 750. Costumed procession from Landport Bottom to Dripping Pan, organised by local community groups.Featuring street skirmishes. More information from:

Sunday May 25: Battles for Peace and Freedom. Music from across the centuries performed by Lewes Chamber Choir and East Sussex Community Choir. Free concert. St Anne’s Church, Western Road. 6.30pm


Wednesday May 14Dawn March on Lewes. A walk from Fletching to Lewes, marking De Montfort’s advance on May 14 1264. Organised by Mid-Sussex Ramblers. Open to all. Dawn – 4 pm. Booking form.

Wednesday May 14Commemorative Service, Fletching. To mark the vigil kept at Fletching by Simon de Montfort and his knights on the eve of the battle. Fletching Parish Church, East Sussex. 7.00pm.

Wednesday May 14: ‘Plumpton 1264’. 6.00 pm: Dedication of a commemorative stone at the site of the Plumpton Cross. 7.15 pm: Service at St Michael’s Church, Plumpton. 8.00: Hog Roast. Tickets £7.50 and £5. Family ticket £22.

Throughout May:

Lewes Loves Freedom #What does freedom mean to you? Shop windows, High Street, Lewes.

Art on the Line. Artwork on a battle theme by students at Sussex Downs College. Lewes Railway Station waiting rooms.

Street Banners. Knights’ coats of arms painted by students and inmates at Lewes Prison. Lewes streets.

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