A FESTIVAL of medieval re-enactments and exhibitions kicked off to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes over the weekend.

Battle of Lewes 750, organised by a community project based at Lewes Castle, will be taking place in and around the town until May 18.

The battle on May 14 1264 saw the defeat of King Henry III at the hands of Simon de Montford, leading to important steps forward towards early parliamentary democracy.

Free re-enactments of key skirmishes will take place across town from The Gallops to the Priory on Saturday, May 17 from 1.30 pm.

Chair of Lewes District Council Michael Chartier said: “The 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes provides us with the opportunity to share with visitors to the town the unique nature of Lewes, its beauty and heritage.

“This is also a special anniversary that should be remembered and marked. There are a range of activities and events during the festival and I am certain that there will be something for everyone.”

The festival coincides with a special issue of the Lewes Pound and the launch of Harvey's 1264 ale.

To download a programme of events go to www.sussexpast.co.uk