We have had a surge of interest since our first successful Event at this site back in 2022.

We have had a lot of interest from new groups wanting to join us, as well as many of our supporting Groups from last year wanting to be part of this year’s Festival too!

The date this year is the last weekend of the Easter Break, so that families will be able to attend, and it will make a great day out for those children, who will be returning to school on the Monday, after the Event. We are hoping to cover over 5000 years of History, from the Bronze Age to Korean War, with many of the Key Stage 2, 3 , and 4 History subjects on show within our Living History displays and encampments.

An updated list will be added to this website shortly, and discounted advanced tickets will be available online from the Museum Website.

PUT THE DATE in your diary now

APRIL 15th – 16th 2023



Festival 2022 NEWS update

As we get closer to this year’s exciting new Festival at Avoncroft Museum of Historical Buildings, we just wanted to let everyone know that the website Living History and Trader lists have just been updated.

We will be adding further details, such as Website links, Facebook page links, and other information over the next 10 days.

Also, we have a final site planning meeting on April 3rd, and will update the website after this meeting.

So, put the 9th and 10th of April in your diary, and check out this Event which is being hosted by Avoncroft Museum on the first weekend of the school Easter Holidays.

More details and ticket information can be found on https://www.avoncroft.org.uk/international-living-history-festival/

New Venue for 2022

We will now be moving to Avoncroft Museum, Home to Historic Buildings. This move is an exciting new adventure for us enabling us to expand more groups and more traders and being in the midlands will give us even more opportunities for groups and members of the public.

Over the last 5 years at Cressing temple the International Living History Festival has become so popular, growing from 9 groups and 30 traders to 35 groups and nearly 60 traders, the ILHF has out grown Cressing Temple barns.

If you wish to book in as a trader or group please only contact us not the Venue itself.

New date announced for the 2022 Festival

Great news everyone, we have provisionally booked a new date for the International Living History Festival in 2022. The show will be hosted by Avoncroft Museum of Historical Buildings on April 9th – 10th next year!

For any traders who were booked into the 2021 Festival, we can either carry over your booking into the next Festival, or you can ask for a full refund for your 2021 Festival trade pitch. Those that carry over their booking will be paying the current price, with no extra charges. Please contact us by email on pikeandshotevents@gmail.com to discuss your booking for the 2021 Event.

2021 Event date postponed

Following on from our previous post about the new event date for the 2021 Event, due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, it is with sad regret to announce the 2021 Festival is to be once again postponed until April 9th – 10th 2022

We are also looking at organising a possible future weekend later this year.  Keep checking this website, or our social media pages for any updates. 


The International Living History Festival (ILHF) provides an event for all those with an interest and love of history.

From a historical market, Living History displays, and immersive have-a-go hands-on history activities, it is also a meeting place and fabulous opportunity for all, visitors and re-enactors alike, to spend a weekend visiting and discussing all periods of our historical past. Many of Europe’s best artisans, craftsmen and traders are on hand, happy to advise and provide a huge array of items and replicas of historical heritage. This Festival of history has become the primary multi-period market place for re-enactors, historical interpreters and historical enthusiasts across Europe.

This year (2022), the Festival will take place at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Stokes Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4JR

In 1967 Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a medieval Town House from Bromsgrove town centre.  Avoncroft’s priority is to retain historic buildings in their original location. Over five decades, Avoncroft Museum has continued to rescue structures where this had not been achievable. The Museum now displays and cares for over 30 historic buildings and structures. All of Avoncroft’s buildings were threatened with demolition or neglect. In moving them to the Avoncroft Museum grounds, every effort has been made to retain as much of the original structure as possible.

Avoncroft Museum is a great venue for filming, photo shoots or projects. Set in 19 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside, our collection of 30 historic buildings offers a great range of sets and backdrops. Highlights include a Medieval Town house, a fully furnished 1940s Prefab and a working 19th century windmill.

Recent projects include:

  • London’s Lost Graveyard: Crossrail Discovery – True North TV for Channel 4 – Medieval Town House
  • Doctors – BBC – First World War commemorative episode – Museum grounds and Threshing Barn
  • Inside Out – BBC – Prefab and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection
  • Documentary on traditional blacksmithing skills – EBS (Korean TV) – working 19th century blacksmith’s forge
  • Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger

We think that this is a perfect venue to host this multiperiod History Festival and market, so check out the website, and make a date in your diary for April 9th – 10th 2022!

More information on the venue can be found at – www.avoncroft.org.uk