Spectacular Battle of Lewes Festival offers flaming finale

Unique experience: Festival-goers can enjoy the legendary flaming sword fight from Bowlore
Unique experience: Festival-goers can enjoy the legendary flaming sword fight from Bowlore

Prepare for Battle at 750 is set to be a highlight of events to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes over the past two weeks.

Opening today (Friday) from 5pm-11pm and running from 2pm-11pm tomorrow and 2pm-10pm on Sunday, this unique event is being staged within the backdrop of the beautiful Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve.

The entrance is by the level crossing gate on Railway Lane.

It offers something for everyone and clearly highlights what talented local young people can achieve when motivated, focused, trusted and working as a team.

Lewes Youth Theatre (LYT)has built a habitable medieval village, secured democratic speakers from all over the country representing a myriad of political views, created a festival space that offers a chance to see national touring bands such as Circulus, Serpenyne and The Moulettes and commissioned the world premiere of ‘Carry on Magna’ by Lewes poet John Agard.

Members have created the extraordinary multi-media ‘Dem Den’, where all festival-goers can observe and get actively involved in democracy which will unfold before their very eyes.

The festival space also offers dance, storytelling, open fires, “make your own arrow and fire it” archery, mini-crossbows, an events field, craft tents, medieval operating theatre, wildlife space, hog roast, food outlets, bar, and many medieval weapon demonstrations including the legendary flaming sword fight from Bowlore.

This has not been seen anywhere else during the Lewes battle commemorations and promises a truly unique experience.

This Heritage Lottery Funded festival is free to anyone under 25 and only £8 (Friday), £10 (Saturday and Sunday) to all over 25. All under 25s must obtain a ticket online at www.lewesyouththeatre.co.uk (no booking fee for free tickets). However, tickets will be available on the gate for all if not sold out (you must bring ID if over 18 to obtain the correct wristband). Tickets can also be purchased from Lewes Tourist Information Centre or Lewes Castle.

With the predicted heatwave set to hit Lewes, it’s an ideal opportunity to enjoy the end of the commemorations with a truly family event devised, created and delivered by the talented young people of the county town. Visitors who arrive by car can take advantage of free parking at Sussex Downs College in Mountfield Road.