The first full Wars of the Roses medieval reenactments of 2015 started well, if slightly chilly for Buckinghams Retinue with two new sites for the group; Warkworth and Beeston. For St George's weekend we visited Beeston Castle and had an excellent turn out, along with Dragons Breath musicians and some of Griffin historic's children's entertainers. Beeston is an excellent site, with spectacular views over the surrounding landscape from the inner bailey, and a large grass area at the bottom providing a natural amphitheatre and areas for our shows. Given the Saint George brief for the event, we headlined with our Mumming shows about St George, with "meet" Saint George session to provide children and adults alike time for photographs with our George (and the Dragon). The mumming shows went well, with Mike Ball revelling in the role of St George, young Katie providing an excellent "stunt double" for Mike in the dragon fight scene, and the bearded David Helmsley providing a remarkable interpretation of Bold Hectors daughter. It was the first time that we have worked with Dragon Breath and it was a great experience, mixing their musical talent with our dance interpretations, though we do need to agree the number of in advance repeats next time.
May Bank holiday saw just a hardy few from Buckinghams Retinue join up with friends from across livery and Maintenance for a medieval living history re-enactment. Warkworth is another stunning site, and one of the few castle where we actually get to reenact inside castle rooms, which was welcome as the weather was particularly foul of the bank Holiday Sunday, to such an extent that we dropped some tents, and closed most of the others until around 2pm when the sun finally made an appearance. Many thanks to Kyle, Fran and especially Ellie for persisting with the cooking in the abysmal conditions on the first two days, it was the kind of weather where the and the fire tray was on the verge on being a pond, and the chicken was tuning into a soup dish. Monday however was a complete contrast with wonderful weather all day, large crowds and full programme of Drill Displays, Archery, Military displays and the Living history that Livery and Maintenance excels at.