Gloucester reenactments

From the Birmingham Mail.

DR Who may be materialising in Gloucester this summer, but visitors won't need a Tardis to travel back in time during April.

Over one weekend more than 90 displays and activities a day will see Romans back on the historic streets of Gloucester along with medieval knights, Vikings, Victorian sailors and World War II military vehicles.

While Gloucester hosts a Dr Who convention in June celebrating the hit BBC TV time traveller series, hundreds of re-enactors will transform the city for the Through The Ages Live festival on April 19-20.

History and heritage are second nature to one of England's top cathedral cities, but the festival will bring Gloucester's past to life.

Saturday will see a grand parade from the Cathedral to the historic docks featuring St George on horseback while other special guests include Henry VIII and his wives. Roman encampments will appear once again on the streets along with medieval knights while English civil war scenes will be re-created and Victorian classrooms set-up.

At the Historic docks, replica Roman, Viking and 18th Century boats will also be on display, complete with Nelsonian and Victorian sailors.

Main events will be centred around the cathedral and the docks although the action takes place throughout the city centre. But the weekend will not be just about watching: there will also be have-a-go sessions including medieval circus skills and archery.

For full details visit www. gloucester.gov.uk

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