New Venue for 2022

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. 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.

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 Cressing Temple Barns once again 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 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. The site is located at Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Braintree, in Essex (CM77 8PD), a fabulous Templar Farm from 12th Century England.

Cressing Temple has unique buildings and gardens. Given to the Knights Templar in 1137, its Grade I-listed Barley and Wheat Barns, built in the 13th century, are among the oldest timber barns and few surviving Templar buildings in England. Permanent displays inside outline the history of the Templars and the site. Among Cressing Temple’s many gardens, the Walled Garden is faithfully reconstructed as a Tudor pleasure garden – one of few in the country.

The site will play host to our show again on 18th – 19th April 2020.

More information on the venue can be found at –