THE life of controversial king Richard III will be celebrated at a two-day medieval event.
Sudeley Castle, which was owned by the king who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in August, 1485, will host a Richard III weekend on Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21.
Families will be transported back to the15th century to see what life was like for the medieval king, whose remains were found under a car park in Leicester four years ago, and his encampment on the road.
A special appearance from "Richard III" on his horse 'White Surrey', is set to keep visitors entertained.
Sian Jocelyn, visitor services manager, said: “After the huge success of our Richard III event last year, our medieval weekend is back by popular demand on the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth- and bigger than ever. Richard III played an important part in the history of the castle, and we’re delighted to show guests young and old how he lived.
“This is set to be one of our most enthralling events yet, and we can’t wait to transport people back to the medieval age. It’s just as well this event is on for two days as we imagine visitors will want to come back!”
Children will be able to explore the medieval living history encampment and explore the traders’ market.
They will also be able to see craftsmen and women at work, table manners of the time, pottery, wood turning, and live shaving, haircuts and teeth extractions with medieval barbers and surgeons.
There will also be entertainment from musicians and dancers, knights and story tellers, and much more.
Richard III owned Sudeley Castle twice in his lifetime, first as the Duke of Gloucester in 1469 when Edward IV granted it to him, during which time he used the castle as a base for the Battle of Tewkesbury. In 1478 he exchanged Sudeley for Richmond Castle in Yorkshire, with Sudeley remaining royal property.
He acceded to the throne as Richard III in 1483 and became the owner of Sudeley Castle for the second time. During his ownership the magnificent banqueting hall with its splendid oriel windows and adjoining state rooms, now in ruins, were built in place of the eastern range of Boteler’s inner court as part of a royal suite.
A Richard III exhibition is also open to visitors .
Sudeley Castle and Gardens was one of just seven venues taking part in the 2014 ‘King Richard III Reconstructed Head’ tour as seen on the Channel 4 TV documentary, ‘The King in the Car Park’.
It is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within the grounds. The last of Henry VIII's six wives, Katherine Parr, is entombed in a 15th century church in the gardens.
Events are being held from 10am to 4pm.
Tickets can be booked online at sudeleycastle.co.uk