Jousting spectaculars, famous battles recreated, craft displays, costume dramas, music and period festivals are all being mounted at English Heritage castles, houses, abbeys and monuments between now and October. Highlights include the History in Action festival at Kirby Hall, August 11-12, featuring 3,000 performers in dramatic, colourful displays depicting warfare and famous battles from the Romans to D-Day (see www.history-in-action.com). Other major events include a Battle of Hastings season at Battle Abbey, East Sussex running until October and a 2000 Years of History programme at Dover castle, featuring the Romans in July and the Medieval period during September.
Many events mark English Heritage's Year of Crafts and Skills. Topics include: architecture (tile-making, stone-carving, carpentry); archaeological techniques; interiors and furnishings; gardens and grounds; domestic and rural skills. Children are well catered for at all events with storytelling sessions, fantasy theatre shows and fun activities.
Tel: 0870 333 1181 for free events diary.Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk