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Battle re-enactment

Welcome to Batsoc; our society can teach you how to fight like a medieval warrior! At the Guild of Students, we train twice weekly with a variety of weapons through a mixture of both contact-based competitive fights and dramatic ‘show fighting’ activities. Our experienced trainers will allow you to improve your skills and learn to fight both spontaneously and safely. We also meet once every fortnight at craft sessions, where we make and maintain our own authentic clothing, arms, and armour.

Several times a year, we travel to heritage sites around the country to perform historical events before audiences. With a focus mainly on the high middle ages, our re-enactments range from team-based knights' tournaments to epic events such the Battle of Hastings, which in 2016 featured over one thousand re-enactors. For those looking to learn a new skill or an alternative to fighting, we also regularly camp within authentic medieval encampments where we teach and demonstrate period cooking, board games, sewing, looming, woodcarving and much more.

At the university, we have performed at the annual Valefest and Miscellany Gala shows. We also host film nights and pub trips during the academic year and sit down for our annual Christmas meal at the end of the first term, so there’s plenty of chances to make new friends.

All students are welcome to join at any point during the year. Your first session is always free. No previous fighting experience, historical knowledge or equipment is required - just turn up wearing something comfortable and remember to bring a water bottle! Whether you’re a budding swordsman, an archery enthusiast, a fitness fanatic, a medieval scholar or simply a biochemist looking for something completely different to try at University, this unique society is guaranteed to be a great talking point and provide unforgettable experiences.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through our email address: