THOUSANDS stepped back in time for a weekend of medieval activities and to watch a re-enactment of the Battle of Evesham.

More than 5,000 people visited a scorching hot Crown Meadow in Evesham on Saturday and Sunday (August 4 and 5) for a day of music, cooking and dancing to commemorate the famous battle.

A grand parade to Evesham Abbey kicked off an action-packed day before knights in full armour ‘fought to the death’ in Crown Meadow for the main event reconstructing the Battle of Evesham which took place near the town more than 750 years ago.

Earlier in the day, a re-enactment of the Battle of Lewes, where Simon de Montfort and his band of rebels defeated King Henry III also took place.

Visitors also had the chance to see a display of medieval weapons including archery and craftsmen demonstrations as well as a medieval fashion show and a mini Trebuchet in action.

The weekend was fun for all the family with Crown Meadow full with tents preparing food, displaying medieval methods of cooking and demonstrating the 13th century way of life. The fun did not stop there with falconry and equestrian displays and treasure trails next to the camp. The air was also filled with medieval music played on period string instruments.

Before the battles, visitors had the chance to see knights prepare for the clashes.

Caroline Proctor and her six-year-old granddaughter Poppy, both from Evesham, enjoyed the event.

She said: “I came to the 750th anniversary a couple of years ago and it was a fantastic day. I’m very glad they decided to do it again. Poppy has absolutely loved it.

“We’re really looking forward to the re-enactment later, I don’t think I could wear all of that chain mail in this weather though.

“The amount of people here is great to see and it’s great for Evesham.”

Poppy said: “I love the clothes and the horses."