A Court of Arraye is an inspection of armed forces and its been happening at Lichfield for centuries; its origin lies in medieval times when the locals were obliged by law to defend their city with whichever weapons were at hand. Today the Mayor and civic officials check out the preparedness to defend the city of a group of soldiers in armour in a humorous rather than rigorous ceremony; this takes place inside the Guildhall and following this the party join the Bower Procession through the streets. Expect carnival floats, musicians, dancers and the Miss Lichfield Greenhill Bower Queen with her entourage. Her coronation takes place at noon at the Guildhall and during the afternoon there is entertainment in Beacon Park.
Space inside the Guildhall is limited so arrive early. Admission is free. The route for the procession is shown in the Bower programme and here on the website with full details of all the events on offer and parking options.
In 2018 it will be on Monday May 28th.