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This event is part of the Brecks Outdoor Festival

Battlefield tour & talk on the Battle of Fornham 1173

Discover the Battle of Fornham 1173, when the rebel Earl of Leicester’s Flemish mercenaries were defeated by Henry II’s royalist forces.

September 10, 2024
10am - 1pm
All Saints Hotel, Bury Saint Edmunds
Car Park

Battlefield tour & talk on the Battle of Fornham, 1173

Uncover the fascinating and untold history of the Battle of Fornham, with Dr Mike Walker, Cambridge historian and expert on the battle.

Join this special opportunity to discover the site of the battle, taking part in a one hour guided walking tour of the battlefield. Followed by a refreshment break, you will then delve deeper into the history of the battle with a comprehensive one-hour illustrated talk on the context, weapons, tactics, and aftermath.

This event is taking place with the kind permission of the All Saints Hotel and golf course, which stands on the site of the battlefield. Following the event, you will have the opportunity to stay and purchase lunch at the hotel restaurant afterwards should you wish to.


What was the Battle of Fornham?

The Battle of Fornham was one of the biggest battles on English soil. It marked the turning point in Henry II putting down the Great Revolt (the greatest crisis of his reign). Unlike most medieval battles, the Battle of Fornham is unique as the exact location of where it took place and who was there is known, information that is usually lost. The Battle of Fornham has not been described in detail before. What happened can be reconstructed through exceptional finds of weapons and artefacts at the site; the details from monks’ chronicles; and the presence of an extraordinary cast of characters. These include Ranulf de Broc (the man behind the murder of Thomas Becket), Robert ‘Whitehands’ the Earl of Leicester (the most powerful of barons who had drawn his sword against Henry in front of the councils of England and France), his wife Petronella (an Amazonian figure dressed in full armour), the Knights of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, Knights Templars, and even the ‘incorruptible’ body and vengeful spirit of Saint Edmund himself!


Battlefield tour & talk on the Battle of Fornham, 1173

When: Tuesday 10th September

Where: All Saints Hotel, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP28 6JQ

Time: 10am-1pm

Cost: £10

Ages: Ages 12+

Booking: Booking required. Book Now HERE


Further Information:

Accessibility: The Battlefield Tour will take place on flat clear footpaths, for an approximate distance of 1.5 miles. The Battlefield tour is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs. The second half of the event will be an indoor talk, taking place in the hotel, which is wheelchair accessible. Should you wish to join the talk without the Battlefield tour, or if you have any concerns about accessibility, please contact the BFER Team via:

(E) (T) 01473 265600

Transport: The closest bus stop is located at Parklands Green, Fornham, which is a three minute walk away from the All Saints Hotel. Find further information on bus times HERE

On site parking is available.

Directions: All Saints Hotel, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP28 6JQ


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Meeting Point: Please meet at the main hotel reception, where you will be directed to the Conference Room we are using.

Facilities: Toilets will be available at the hotel. Light refreshments will be provided. Following the event, you will have the opportunity to stay and purchase lunch at the hotel restaurant should you wish to.

Dogs: Please do not bring dogs (except for assistance dogs)