Living History 2020
Experience 2000 years of history come to life at Living History, The Commandery‘s most anticipated event of the year. Enjoy a weekend of living history encampments, medieval monks, Viking warriors, World War II military displays, vintage vehicles and more!
One of our most exciting events, organised in partnership with The Worcester Re-enactors, at Living History you can immerse yourself in history, journeying from Vikings to Victorians. Over 200 re-enactors bring history to life with a huge variety of displays in one of Worcester’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. Uncover The Commandery’s centuries-old history: discover its former inhabitants, from meeting medieval monks and getting recruited by Royalists to practising Tudor dancing in the Great Hall. Indoor and outdoor entertainment throughout the weekend will include firing displays with arms through the ages, medieval and 17th century encampments, chilling historical treatments with the scary surgeon and medieval combat.
The Commandery has an extraordinary history; most famously it was the Royalist Headquarters during the Battle of Worcester, the final and deciding battle of the English Civil War. Visitors can now discover Worcester’s Civil War Story through an interactive experience that take them back into a murky, conflicted 17th century Worcester where they can experience life as a soldier 300 miles from home, test your skills at battle strategy and come face-to-face with Oliver Cromwell.
Worcester Residents can buy an annual ticket for The Commandery, which includes entry to Living History and many other exciting events throughout the year from just £5.
Saturday 15 February: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 16 February: 10am – 4pm
Part of Love Worcester Heritage Festival
Living History in Worcester is part of the Love Worcester Heritage Festival; a week of events from 14 – 23 February celebrating Worcester’s spectacular heritage in venues across the city. There will also be Living History displays to see in Friar Street, Tudor House, Greyfriars and Cathedral Square.
Take a look at the events programme for the festival here (link opens in new window).