It took a long time in the planning and we were never quite sure how it was going to work out but we are pleased with the way the Battle of Tonbridge went. The public response has been fantastic and, of course, we were helped enormously by the weather which is always a big factor in outdoor events.
The English Civil War Society is a skilled and professional outfit who did a great (and loud) show. Their Living History camp was also really fascinating and the detailed knowledge every re-enactor has about the period is certainly impressive.
In fact, as one Facebook user commented: “We had an amazing time - learnt so much more than I ever did at school.”
In addition to the main event, we also had the River Market which drew large numbers. With stalls selling all sorts of scrumptious goodies to eat on the go are take home, there was something for all tastes. Our next event will be the Food and Drink Festival at the end of May, followed by a new feature, an Art Fair on River Walk in June.
The Annual Dragon Boat races will take place September as usual. Our aim is to bring exciting events to Tonbridge, to build the town's reputation as a historic destination for locals to enjoy which also attract people from further afield; to build the visitor economy and bring business into town alongside fun and excitement.
In fact, we are always on the lookout for good ideas so, if anybody has an idea for an event and has the enthusiasm to help make it happen, get in touch.
For those who couldn't make it, take a look at this video to get a taste of the event: