Battle of Towton Service & Re-enactment

Where: Towton, Yorkshire
When: Palm Sunday but now for Members only
Time: All day from 9.30


The Battle of Towton was fought on Palm Sunday 1461 in a snowstorm and was the bloodiest battle fought on English soil. Towton Battlefield Society organize a programme of events throughout the year and an annual service to remember the dead on both sides of the conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. See notes below as the event changed for 2016. In earlier years,as well as the battle re-enactment in the afternoon, there was a moving open-air religious service and a series of  guided walks over the battlefield at regular intervals throughout the day. Also formerly you could visit the living history encampment which had numerous authentically made items for sale and the nearby barn in which local groups and historical societies had stands selling merchandise, giving information and showing finds from the battlefield. When plans are firmed up for 2017, we’ll see how the event develops for the future.

Helpful Hints

It can be very muddy on the walk -wrap up well and wear sensible footwear. From 2016 the public walks took place on Saturday 19th March at intervals throughout the day. Walks on Palm Sunday were for members of the Battlefield Society only.Looking at their website early in 2017 it looks as though the Palm Sunday walks will again be for members only.

As you approach the village you’ll see plenty of signs for the event – just follow them to ample free off-street parking right next to the start of the walks.Food and drink are no longer available on site-you might like to get in out of the cold and visit the Rockingham Arms which is within easy walking distance and does great Yorkshire Pudding.

In 2017 Palm Sunday will be on Sunday April 9th.

Click here for the event website :


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