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The International Living History Fair at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground

Next Show 3rd to 5th October 2014

This is one of several events being organised by;

Pike And Shot Events Limited

The International Living History Fair is the

 primary multi-period market place for

re-enactors, historical interpreters and

historical enthusiasts across Europe.

Photos on this page. Most of the photos were

taken by me at previous shows. A few, it's

fairly obvious which ones, are from traders'

own web pages. You may use any of my

photos for show / trader related purposes on

condition that you give a link back to this page.

 You will have to negotiate with individual

 traders for the use of their images.

Can't get to the show? Want to contact a trader that is not listed here? Try

Historical reenactment traders.

A news team called "Vintage News" paid a visit in February 2011.

This video includes a period newsreel and interviews with a number of our traders.

Take a look to see what to expect at the show!

Webmaster Ian Lycett-King


The show will be held in the newly created Exhibition Hall, conveniently located near main entrance of Bruntingthorpe.

The venue is a large building with more space than many other show venues. It has easy access, good parking facilities and, importantly, an excellent heating system. There are also good catering facilities.

The International Living History Fair now has more than one hundred regular traders and reenactment societies either selling their products or promoting their particular society.

You can now find everything from distant past history up to the latter part of the twentieth century with stands being taken by traders from all over Europe and from as far afield as North America.

The International Living History Fair exists to provide a market place, a meeting place and a fabulous opportunity for all, visitors and re-enactors alike, to meet and discuss all periods of our historical past. Many of Europe's best artisans, craftsmen and traders are on hand happy to advise on and provide a huge array of items and replicas of our historical heritage.

Important. The traders listed on this site have booked a stand for the October Fair.

Pike And Shot Events Limited cannot guarantee that the individuals shown will be at the International Living History Fair, even after they have booked. Accidents happen, vehicles break down, etc.. If you are coming to the Fair just to see a particular trader, please check with that trader beforehand.

Also important. Any stand locations given here are correct at the time of writing but they may change at the last minute. i.e. when traders arrive to set up. Alterations will be posted as soon as possible.

Information for Traders is here.

For more information on any aspect of the Fair or to book a stand, please contact:


Tel: 44 (0)1305 855817

Mob: 44 (0)7771 824495

PO Box 7217





How to get to the International Living History Fair

Map of approach to Bruntingthorpe. Don't trust your Sat-Nav

How do you get there?

Follow this link to the Bruntingthorpe travel guide.

Or try this link For a view from Google Maps

Not all Sat-Navs get you to the correct location if you put in the Bruntingthorpe post code. Please check that you are being taken to the correct entrance to the site.

Admission Prices and opening times.

Prices, to be advised


Child 5-16

Under 5's Free

Multi-day tickets. There will be discounts for 2 and 3 day tickets. Contact Dave for details or see the notices at the show.

Larger groups by arrangement, please call or email for details.


Tel: 44 (0)1305 855817

Mob: 44 (0)7771 824495

Opening Hours.

Friday 3rd Oct. 12.00 - 18.00 hrs

Saturday 4th Oct 10.00 - 17.00 hrs

Sunday 5th Oct 10.00 - 16.00 hrs

Quick links for this page.

About the International Living History Fair

How to get there

Admission prices and opening hours

Seminars and workshops


There will be seminars by Stuart Peachey as usual.

Each talk will last about 1 hour with follow up question and answer sessions.

The April talks were:

1] Colours and fabrics of the common people in early modern England

Friday 13:00 to 14:00

2] Clothing of the common people in Elizabethan and early Stuart England 1558-1660

Saturday 13:00 to 14:00

3] The soldiers life: the clothing, food and life of the English Civil War soldier

Sunday 1200 to 13:00

The October details will be published as soon as they are settled.


Free, Tudor and English Civil War Cloth and Thread Button Making, and finger braiding. Workshops will be conducted by Gilly Morley.

Friday 1500 to 1600.

Saturday 1500 to 1600

Sunday 1400 to 1500

Come and learn hands on how to make simple cloth and thread buttons suitable for all social classes of the Tudor and Early Stuart periods. Spaces limited to 7 per workshop, sign up as soon as you arrive at Gilly's stand, Block H.  First come first served.

The workshops will take place at the Historical Management Associates’ stand.

Space is limited. If you wish to attend a seminar you MUST pre-book and buy a ticket for the show.


Tel: 44 (0)1305 855817

Mob: 44 (0)7771 824495

Lost Property

Found at the end of the show: canvas chair back, pair of spectacles, ring.

If you think that any of them might be yours, please contact me with a brief description so that I can return them.