On Sunday 10th June, we are hosting our annual History Through The Ages Battle Re-enactment at our Tudor Ruins & Discovery Centre.
Join Early Britains, Medieval Knights, Civil War Soldiers, Napoleonic Guards and WW1 and WW2 soldiers and ARP warden for fighting skirmishes and living history camps. See how warfare has evolved from the earliest days of England until the 2nd world war and experience what it was like for soldiers and their families to prepare for and live through some of Britain's biggest battles.
12.30pm: Regia Anglorum
Regia Anglorum means 'The Kingdoms of the English' and first came about in a time when Rome was no longer an influence and a nation was forged in the fire of change after change. Visit the early Britains in their 818AD camp, a time just after the first viking invasion and see them fight as they would soon need to against these Nordic invaders.
1.00pm: Team Falchion
Watch 14th century armour-clad knights do battle for the glory of England and the amusement of the lords, ladies and masses. At their camp see a range of skilled workers plying their trade and watch out for the ruffians who prefer to spend their time testing their mettle with a clash of arms.
1.30pm: English Civil War
See 17th century military and civil life recreated with a marching division, musket drill and firing, pike drill, Ensign and drums. New recruits (in the form of children) will be invited to swell the rank and files of both musket and pike. After visit their camp to find out what the soldiers would be up to while they weren't battling. Visit the laundry, blacksmith, sutlery and barbers surgeon.
2.00pm: Coldstream Guards 1815
See how the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards would have fought during the Waterloo Campaign in 1815 and meet their wives and families at their living camp.
2.30pm: Henry VIII and his wives (replacement fro WW1 reenactors)
Henry VIII will share with you his story, introducing you to two of his prominent wives. Katerina D’Aragon will urge you to sympathise with her demise, after all how could her husband cast her aside after 24 years for Anne Boleyn! Anne has held Henry in her palm, saving her honour and why shouldn't she be Queen, she will give him that longed for heir. This is played out under the watchful gaze of Thomas Cromwell, Henry’s right hand man.
3.00pm: World War II Jeeps
As well as the battle grounds there will be living camps and chances to join and have a go. There will also be a Bouncy castle, Facepainting* and the sandpit will be open for our younger visitors.
Feeling hungry or fancy some medieval ale?
When you get a bit peckish you can visit Go Get Stuffed for the best Naanwhich in town or The Wood Fired Pizza company.
To really get in the mood (adults only of course), the Golden Grail Tavern will be joining us. They are a Medieval Inn selling traditional drinks from the Middle Ages including orchard wine, mead, grog and ale.
Season Ticket Holders and FOSML: Adults £5; Children £2.50; Family Ticket: £12.50 (2 adults, 3 children)