The Guy of Warwick Society will once again host ‘Guy of Warwick Day’ on Bank holiday,
May 27th. After last years successful launch, Guy of Warwick Day 2019, supported by Warwick Town Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund will see even more events in the town to highlight the tales of our very own local legendary hero, once as well known as King Arthur and more famous than Robin Hood.This years event will highlight the links between Warwick and the historic City of Winchester, the scene of Guy’s legendary battle and defeat of the Danish Champion Colbrand, saving King Athelstan’s kingdom from the Viking invaders.
Sunday 26th May will see a commemorative service in the chapel of St Mary Magdalene at Guy’s Cliffe house at 6.30 pm and weather permitting an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the views from Felice’s walk and to explore Guy’s cave the last refuge and legendary burial place of Guy, light refreshments will be available.
Monday 27th May events will kick off with a costumed on foot procession leaving Warwick Castle at 11 am and proceeding along Castle and Church street before pausing at the Collegiate Church of St Mary and arriving in Market Place. Here the Society will welcome Civic dignitaries from Warwick and Winchester before Guys Sword is passed from the old Mayor of Warwick to the new Mayor. The Society will then officially launch its new publication, ‘Guy of Warwick- Sword of the Saxons’ a comic book style version of Guys legend complete content. Thanks to National Lottery funding a thousand free copies of this publication will be distributed to local schools ensuring that Guy’s story is seen and heard by a new generation of local children. This will be followed by the announcement of an exciting new event which will take From 2 pm local amateur theatre group ‘The Slaughterhouse Players’ will once more perform episodes from Guy’s colourful life which will include Guy and Colbrands battle scene in Winchester as well as the famous ‘Dun Cow’ story. This together with other musical entertainment will take place on the lower green of the Globe Hotel garden in the Holloway. As well as these events The South Transept in the Collegiate Church of St Mary will be hosting a Guy of Warwick exhibition organised by the Society. All events are open to the general public and free of charge. Details of these events together with timings will be contained in a leaflet from the Warwick Visitor Centre available soon.