Whitby Abbey Illuminated

A spectacular light display illuminates the historic Whitby Abbey during a press evening ahead of four nights of illumination leading up to Halloween and the popular Whitby Goth Weekend. The abbey was part of the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, and will feature performances from the novel within the ruins in the event organised by EnglishContinue reading “Whitby Abbey Illuminated”

Clifford’s Tower

English Heritage re-enactors prepare to leave Clifford’s Tower in York on foot and horseback as they follow the 300-mile route of King Harold to the site of the Battle of Hastings. The journey marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 where the forces of King Harold and Duke William of NormandyContinue reading “Clifford’s Tower”

Hadrian’s Wall Live

The lives of Roman Legionnaires were re-enacted during the Hadrian’s Wall Live event at Birdoswald and Housesteads Roman forts over the weekend. The event which was organised by English Heritage brought together over 120 re-enactors from around Europe to create a living history camp for visitors to the ancient Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland andContinue reading “Hadrian’s Wall Live”

Legio 1 Italica

Roman soldiers from the Italian re-enactment group Legio 1 Italica took part in a weekend of authentic events organised by English Heritage this weekend that were based around Roman military history on Hadrian’s Wall at Birdoswald Roman Fort. The 130-strong group aimed to bring alive the typical life of Roman soldiers based in this area at aroundContinue reading “Legio 1 Italica”

Rievaulx

Set in the deep valley of the River Rye in North Yorkshire Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley started life as a timber structure and evolved through four stages of design, before eventually declining into one of the pre-eminent medieval ruins in Europe. Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England. Surrounded by a massive agriculturalContinue reading “Rievaulx”