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The Wars of the Roses were a series of bitter, bloody battles fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1485. This 30-year period of sporadic warfare and constant political intrigue between the House of Lancaster (red rose) and the House of York (white rose) tore the kingdom apart.

This weekend Royal Armouries Museum’s outdoor arena will become a ‘living museum’ and battlefield as they decipher the history of this conflict.

Battlefield camp re-enactment

Explore a late 15th-century military encampment on the eve of battle. Wander among the tents as skilled artisans demonstrate a range of medieval crafts, including fletching, bow-making and metal forging. There will also be displays of the popular medieval sport of falconry (11am & 2pm).

Battle of Towton

Twice a day (12.30pm & 3pm), the arena will be transformed into a battlefield for a re-enactment of the Battle of Towton (29 March 1461), one of the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil.

Bringing history to life

In the museum there will be a range of themed talks, combat demonstrations, opportunities to handle objects plus have-a-go archery and swordplay sessions.

Admission to the museum and the military encampment is free.

Have-a-go sessions and tickets for the Battle of Towton re-enactment can be booked on the day.