Calendar of Events in 2017

See also the branch programme and the Medieval Calendar


The Newport Ship. The Centre is now open every Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 4.00pm, and also Bank Holiday Mondays. This best preserved example of a fifteenth century ship could have been owned by the Earl of Warwick.

Now until Friday 25 August 2017
Blood Royal, a free exhibition organised by the Society of Antiquaries in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Open Monday to Friday from 10am - 5pm. On until 25 August.
It's mainly about the Tudors but does include portraits of Edward IV and Richard III.

Now until Sunday 3 September 2017
King Richard’s ‘Book of Hours’ which was last seen as part of the ceremony when the king was reburied in March 2015 is now on display as part of an exhibition in Lincoln. Along with many other historical artefacts, including the ‘Domesday Book’ – it will be on display until 3rd September 2017.

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August 2017
An exhibition of the works of Kirsteen Thomson, a Leicester based artist, in the Knight & Garter's Gallery Room. The pub is located at 21 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN , just a short walk from the Cathedral and Visitor Centre.
The exhibition will open to the public on Friday 18th August (midday to 8 pm) and Saturday 19 August (11 am to 7 pm)
Her Richard III inspired painting that will be on display at this exhibition is one that has been hugely popular but has remained unnamed by Kirsteen as yet, with suggestions having been sent in to her from far and wide. It has proved so popular that following this exhibition the painting will move on to its new home in the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Saturday 19 August 2017
At 5.30 pm Choral Evensong at Leicester Cathedral will commemorate the anniversary of the death of Richard III. There will be white rose petals scattered at the graveside in the Richard III Visitor Centre and white roses laid at the statue. The Society Chairman Dr. Phil Stone will lay white roses at the tomb. The banners that stand beside the king’s tomb will lead the procession carried by members of the Leicestershire branch of the Richard III Society.
Refreshments will be served after the service and the cathedral will remain open to visitors until 7.30 pm. All are welcome.

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017
The Bosworth Commemoration organised by the Richard III Society. This is a great full day family event, with not just the battle re-enactment, but jousting, a medieval market, children’s games, large living history encampment, author talks & book signings, entry to the award-winning Exhibition, FREE car parking and lots more too.
An early bird discount of 20% is available on the first 500 tickets for the Medieval Festival, which includes the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth, children’s activities, living history, music, jousting and cannon & gunfire displays.
Tickets can be purchased; by phone on 01455 290429, for which a £2 per transaction booking fee applies, in person at the Heritage Centre Ticket Office, which is open daily 10.00 am – 5.00 pm or online.
There will also be a number of talks as part of the Festival;
The Trial of Richard III: You Decide
William Marshall from Hostage to Regent: An Extraordinary Life
The Missing |Princes Project & HRH
Tudor: The Family Story

Tuesday 22 August 2017
There will be a Rose Laying Ceremony at Bosworth Battlefield at 11.00 am - 12.00 pm. The ceremony will take place at the Bosworth Sundial Memorial to remember all those who died on both sides of the Battle of Bosworth. Richard Smith, Chairman of the Leicestershire branch will say a few words on behalf of the Society Chairman Dr. Phil Stone.

22 August 2017
The Middleham Standard will fly at half mast at Middleham Castle to commemorate the death of King Richard III at Bosworth in 1485.

Saturday 2 September 2017
The Path to Bosworth Field Walk: Experienced walkers with a penchant for history can join our expert Guides and enjoy Bosworth Battlefield’s extended 7.5 mile (12 km) walk. Providing all aspects of the environment surrounding this pivotal battle of the Wars of the Roses. No dogs. Please provide your own lunch and refreshments. For experienced walkers over 12 years only. Adults £17 Concessions £12. Booking essential – book online.or call 01455 290429 to book your tickets now.

Saturday 2 September - Sunday 17 September2017
Gloucester History Festival runs from 2 September to 17 September and is sponsored by the History Press.

Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September 2017
The Battle of Mortimers' Cross will be renacted at Croft Castle on both days. The Mortimer History Society will be there.
Free entry for anyone on Saturday as it is Heritage Open Day. From 10.00am to 17.00pm both days.

Saturday 30 September 2017
Members' Day and AGM in London at the Double Tree Hilton organised by the Richard III Society.

Sunday 1 October 2017
There will be a celebration of Richard III's birthday in Tewkesbury featuring street scenes and window displays.
A guided walk of the battlefield starts at 2.30pm from the Crescent in Church Street and lasts 2 hours, run by Tewkesbury Battlefield Society.

2 October 2017
The Middleham Standard will fly at Middleham Castle to commemorate the birth of Richard in 1452.

Monday 2 October - Sunday 8 October 2017
There's a History Festival in Warwick.

Wednesday 11 October 2017
This year’s Maurice and Shelagh Bond Memorial Lecture will be held at St George’s Chapel Windsor on Wednesday 11th of October.
The Lecture Title is The King's Men and the Chapel: Reginald Bray Oliver King Christopher Urswick and St George's Chapel Windsor.
Time 7.00pm and free admission by named ticket only. The tickets can be obtained from The Chapter Office The Cloisters Windsor Castle Windsor SL4 1NJ. Please enclose an s.a.e envelope and apply by Wednesday 27th of September.

Saturday 14 October 2017
Tickets are now on sale for the Northern Dales Study Day in St Mary's Church, Barnard Castle. Our speakers are -
Dr Katherine Wilson - "The Theatre of the Burgundian Court in the C14th/C15th"
Philippa Langley MBE - "The Missing Princes Project - Where We Are Now!"
Dr Sandra Pendlington - "The Anglo-Scottish War 1480-1482"
Juliet Barker FRSL - "Knights in Shining Armour"
Tickets are £25, or £30 with buffet lunch.

Saturday 4 November 2017
Norfolk Branch Study Day at the Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich. Cost £26 to include tea and coffee. Harnessed For Life: Knightly Conduct, Chivalry and Warfare.

Sunday 5 November 2017
A guided walk of the battlefield starts at 2.30pm from the Crescent in Church Street and lasts 2 hours, run by Tewkesbury Battlefield Society.

Saturday 18 November 2017
Eminent Victorians in Worcestershire - day school at the Eden Centre, Grovewood Road, Malvern, WR14 1GD, 9.30am to 4.15pm. Tickets £7.50, lunch available for £6.

Sunday 3 December 2017
A guided walk of the battlefield starts at 2.30pm from the Crescent in Church Street and lasts 2 hours, run by Tewkesbury Battlefield Society.

Saturday 16 December 2017
Annual carol service at Fotheringhay at 3pm organised by the Richard III Society.


Saturday 12 May 2018
Worcestershire Branch Study Day at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall - reserve the date in your diary! Details to follow.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival and Battle Re-enactment.


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