About the Levy

The York City Levy are a re-enactment group portraying common men and women of the City of York from the second half of the 15th century.

This is the period known today as the Wars of the Roses, was a turbulant period in English history. For over 25 years the York City Levy has worked for a wide range of heritage organisations including English Heritage, The National Trust, The York Archaeological Society, Northumberland and Wakefield Councils. We specialise in providing high quality displays based around the everyday life, fun and celebrations of ‘ordinary people’ – for example artisans, craftsmen, merchants and traders and their families. By concentrating on family life in late medieval society we feel visitors are better able to relate to events over 500 years ago.

At our events, we offer a wide range of activities, many of which encourage visitor participation. To ensure visitors have the chance to experience a broad range of talks, entertainment and demonstrations we usually work to a timetable highlighting when and where they will take place. We tailor our activities to suit each venue, the nature of the event and the time of year.

The York City Levy is a small group that punches well above it's weight to filling venues across the north of England with the colours, sounds and smells of everyday 15th century life. For larger events we often team up with other group members of Livery and Maintenance and independant reenactors.

Bowyer showing arrows to the public

The things we do

The Levy is made up of keen history enthusiasts with a wide range of abilities and talents backed up by in depth research. Here are some examples of the sort of things we do. This list is far from definitive and we are constantly adding to it!

Rope making

Rope Making

Dancing

Dancing

Cooking

Cooking

Mummers' Plays

Mummers' Plays

Bill Drill

Bill Drill

Weaving

Weaving

Cooking

Music

Bow making

Bow Making

Whattling

Wattling

Butter making

Butter Making

Leatherwork

Leatherwork

Stone carving

Stone Carving

Candle dipping

Candle Dipping

Brewing

Brewing

Medieval accounting

Medieval Accounting

Painting

Painting

Blacksmith

Dyeing

Brewing

Blacksmith

Embroidary

Embroidery

Archery

Archery

Spinning wool

Spinning Wool

Medieval Games

Medieval Games

Net making

Net making

Dragons

Dragons

And much much more!

Thinking hiring the Levy for your event?

We are always on the look out for new and exciting places to educate and entertain. The Levy is available for weekend events throughout the year across the north of England and Midlands, however during summer months we can travel further. We can always tailor an event to a particular period or theme you have in mind.

Please contact us if you would like to hire us for your event.

Thinking of having a go yourself?

We are always on the look out for new members. It doesn't really matter whether you are an experienced re-enactor or are new to the hobby. All that's needed is an interest in medieval history and a bit of a can-do attitude. Loan clothing and equipment is available, as is plenty of friendly help and advice with getting started and becoming involved with the Levy.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our group.