Archive for August 16th, 2010


Wednesday 18th August to Sunday 22nd August 2010 11am – 5pm
Old Sarum, Wiltshire

Tommies and Trenches. We pay tribute to the the soldiers who fought for us in the Great War. Visit the trench, learn about life at home and then join us at the weekend as we are joined by more soldiers from the Great War Society and Meg the pack mule who will demonstrate how animals were used during the war. An English Heritage event

29th / 31st October 2010
Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

INTERNATIONAL LIVING HISTORY FAIR. Currently staged twice a year in February and October, the International Living History Fair has become the primary multi-period market place for re-enactors, historical interpreters and historical enthusiasts across Europe. The International Living History Fair exists to provide a market place, a meeting place and a fabulous opportunity for all, visitors and re-enactors alike, to meet and discuss all periods of our historical past. Many of Europe’s best artisans, craftsmen and traders are on hand happy to advise on and provide a huge array of items and replicas of our historical heritage. Admission Charges £3.50
(Children 5 – 15 £1.50)

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4th and 5th September 2010
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks HP8 4AB

Iron Age Weekend.

43AD – 410

Monday 30th August 2010
Binchester Roman Fort, nr. Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham

Roma Antiqua and Legio IX re-occupy Binchester. See military equipment like sling-staffs, bows and arrows and even a catapult being put to use on the battlefield!

25th & 26th September 2010
Caldicot Castle, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, NP26 4HU

Romans & Britons Re-enactment Event. Experience the new province of Britannia brought to life through living history and combat displays by The Vicus. See how they lived, their craftsmanship and how Romano-British civilians, armoured Roman soldiers and native warriors coexisted in the 1st Century AD.

Second Weekend in Every Month
Veralamium Museum, StyAlbans

Legion XIIII on Guard. Verulamium Museum is invaded every second weekend in the monthby Roman soldiers who demonstrate the tactics and equipment of the Roman Imperial Army. Free.
Contact  01727 751 810

410 – 1066

14th August 2010  10.30am – 5pm
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Anglo-Saxon Encampment with Ealdfaeder. Come and see how the Anglo Saxons lived. Watch demonstrations of craft and cookery, listen to Anglo Saxon tales and learn about clothing and weaponry.

29th & 30th August 2010
Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8TH

Vikings! of Middle England. The Vikings return! Be prepared for battles, horses, pageant, living history camp and much more. Noon to 5pm.

Every night throughout the year
Market Square, Ripon, North Yorkshire

Every night, in a tradition dating from  886 A.D.,  at 9 pm. the Wakeman blows his horn in the Market Square at the four corners of the Obelisk to ‘set the watch’. The City has 3 ‘sounding’ horns, the oldest of which (no longer blown because of antiquity) is known as the ‘Charter’ horn and is dated A.D. 886 since, according to ancient tradition, it symbolised the granting of ‘charter rites’ to Ripon in that year. The second horn is dated 1690; the third, an African Ox horn (blown daily today) was given to the city in 1865 by the then serving Mayor.

1066 – 1216

Saturday 7th August & Sunday 8th August 2010 10am – 5pm
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex

Saxons and Normans. Step inside a world of Saxons and Normans. Witness soldiers preparing armour, see tradesmen carrying out woodwork and learn about traditional cooking methods. An English Heritage event

Tuesday 10th August & Wednesday 11th August 2010 10am – 5pm
Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

Time Travellers Go….Normans and Saxons. Step inside a world of Saxons and Normans. Witness soldiers preparing armour, see tradesmen carrying out woodwork and learn about traditional cooking methods. An English Heritage event

1216 – 1485

Saturday 21st August & Sunday 22nd August 2010 11am – 4pm
Conisbrough Castle, South Yorkshire

Medieval Castle Clash. Watch the Escafeld re-enactors gather for courtly pursuits of archery, dancing and presentations of the arming of knights as the mighty castle of Conisbrough becomes the stage for the medieval pageant of the knights. Be sure not to miss the dramatic conclusion with the main Tournament of Knights at 3pm.

Wednesday 25th August & Thursday 26th August 2010 11am – 4pm
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage, Northumberland

Soldiers of the Roses. Discover the assassins before they strike! Come to Warkworth Castle and unlock the intricate medieval living history, listen in to the dramatic dialogue of the armoured Knights and livery men taking part in hand to hand medieval combat. It is the summer of 1464 and the Scots intend to withdraw support from the exiled Lancastrians and sue for peace with Edward IV. Gather at the castle to pledge your allegiance to the house of York or Lancaster.

Wars of the Roses Re-enactment, Kenilworth Castle 2007

First weekend of every month, July to September 2010 11am – 4pm

The largest restored medieval aisled hall in Wales will open its doors to visitors the first weekend of every month from July to September with a costumed guided tour and medieval living history displays in the grounds, including 15th century cooking, crafts and archery. The day offers a unique insight into life in medieval Wales and is supported by the local heritage group ‘History Matters’ and reenactors from the ‘Montgomery Levy’ living history society.

1485 – 1603

Tuesday 3rd August & Wednesday 4th August 2010 11am – 4pm
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage, Northumberland

Gruesome Tudors. Tudor England could be a gruesome place. Discover the head chopping antics of King Henry VIII with light hearted performances of ‘Top of the Chops”! Plus, meet the Executioner and the Barber Surgeon and a variety of other gory characters and hear their terrible tales.

Sunday 29th August & Bank Holiday Monday 30th August 2010 11am – 5pm
Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Warwickshire

Kenilworth through the Ages. Join us as we take a step back into Kenilworth’s turbulent past, from the Normans who built the castle to the Tudors who lived here. Explore the living history camps and allow our arena displays to tell stories of the castles history.

THE  1603 – 1714Sunday 29th August & Bank Holiday Monday 30th August 2010 11am – 5pm
Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire

Siege of Goodrich. Join the Wardour garrison as we step back to the Civil War and witness displays of life from over 360 years ago. 2010 marks the 21st anniversary of the group, who have been authentically recreating life from this period at many castles throughout the country. Witness the siege of the castle complete with musket firings, plus visit the living history camp to see displays of cookery, weaving and surgery. Enjoy music inside the castle plus families can have fun taking part in traditional games and a quiz.

31st October 2010  11am – 5pm
Caldicot Castle, Caldicot, Monmouthshire NP26 4HU

All Hallows Highwaymen! Meet the Highway robbers of the past in person & hear their tales of adventure, but watch out! The local constable and Militia have got wind of this gathering of rouges, and things could certainly turn sour.
A living history day with 17th Century Life3 and Times.

The Kings Army March, Whitehall, London, 31st January 2010

On the 31st January 2010 The English Civil War Society carried out The King’s Army March, following the route taken by Charles I to the place of his death.

BRITAIN 1714 – 1837

14th August 2010 – Gates open 4.30pm
Althorp Hall, Northamptonshire

Battle Proms 2010. Before the afternoon’s entertainment begins, there’s time to visit the fascinating Napoleonic encampment6.45pm Napoleonic Cavalry and Infantry displays. The ‘age of elegance’ is expertly brought to life as the Napoleonic Association demonstrate the skills needed to survive on the battlefields of the period. It’s acaptivating and colourful display of top-class horsemanship; expect lances, rifles, chivalry and plenty of cheering!  7.25pm Evening gun salute byThe English Field Artillery Company, answered by infantry musket fire.

7.30pm – 10.00pm The Musical Programme – New English Concert Orchestra. The historic rumble of the Spitfire engine will accompany the beautiful opening pieces of the musical programme, as a meticulously choreographed aerial display is executed in the skies over the concert arena. In true Battle Proms style, the evening continues with awealth of triumphal classics including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire, and of course the signature piece which gives this special event its name:Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony, a work which was originally composed to include thefiring of 193 cannon as part of the score.

The Battle Proms is the only regular concert in the world to rise dramatically to this challenge using live cannon with real black powder explosions, each fired electronically according to the original score by the orchestra’s percussionist. Add to this a sky lit with precisely and expertly launched fireworks, and you truly have a spectacle of unforgettable dramatic impact.

Then it’s time to warm up your singing voice for the traditional flag-waving proms finale, including favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating in a dazzling firework spectacular!

More details: http://www.battleproms.com/Althorp-Park-14-August-2010

THE AGE 1837 – 1901

7th & 8th August 2010  10am – 5pm
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, Shropshire

Soldiers of the Queen Weekend. Find out about the life of a soldier during the reign of Queen Victoria, and see a military camp on the Green at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge.

21st – 29th August 2010
Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DG

Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival. Llandrindod Wells is proud to present the leading Victorian Festival in the UK today.  Set in the beautiful heart of Wales, it is held in the last full week of August before the Bank Holiday. As Llandrindod was a thriving spa resort in the Victorian era it seems natural to base the Festival on the Victorian theme.  The town’s unspoilt architecture provides a perfect backdrop to the celebrations, and on Temple Gardens and Middleton Street we have ideal venues for the many different types of street entertainment provided free  throughout the day. The 9 day Festival will be incorporating some new events and street entertainment with some of the old favourites which regular Festival-goers have come to love. More details: http://www.victorianfestival.co.uk/

29th & 30th August 2010  11am – 5pm
Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

A Grand Victorian Fayre. Experience 19th century entertainment at its finest! Marvel at the breathtaking gymkhana skills, enjoy the silliness of the Victorian side show as we challenge you to count the fleas in the Victorian flea circus, meet the “Soldiers of the Queen” and don’t forget to curtsey for Her Majesty as she passes by. Plus, there’s traditional music from a local Cornish brass band who are here to entertain the Queen and a grand parade around the castle.

26th September 2010 1pm-3pm
London: starting at Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, London EC2

Costermongers’ Harvest Festival Parade. A parade of a marching band, street traders (“Costermongers”), Pearly Kings and Queens and Victorian Characters from 1-3pm, starting at Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street EC2 London. This is followed by a Harvest Festival service at 3-4pm at St Mary Le Bow Church, Cheapside EC2. A “harvest festival” is a traditional thanksgiving ceremony, to give thanks after crops have been harvested successfully.

1901 – 1918

Wednesday 18th August to Sunday 22nd August 2010 11am – 5pm
Old Sarum, Wiltshire

Tommies and Trenches. We pay tribute to the the soldiers who fought for us in the Great War. Visit the trench, learn about life at home and then join us at the weekend as we are joined by more soldiers from the Great War Society and Meg the pack mule who will demonstrate how animals were used during the war.

An Edwardian Banquet. Our 7 course Edwardian Banquet takes place every Saturday night and is served by staff in Edwardian tails and the girls in mob caps and aprons ( as in ‘Upstairs Downstairs’). All the food is presented to guests as it would be at one of Edward VII’s banquets. There is a short interlude by an actress describing Lillie Langtry’s and Edwards’s story in words and music.

Last Sunday of Every Month: Sun. 29th August 2010
The Forties Experience, Lincolnsfields Children’s Centre, Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey Herts. WD23 2ES

1940s Experience Days – 1940s House Open Days. Open last Sunday of each month. More details: 01923 233841.

11th & 12th September 2010 10am – 6pm
The Royal Airforce Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL

Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Living History Weekend. Bring the whole family to the RAF Battle of Britain Living History Weekend to watch re-enactments and learn more about life during the battle. This year, the RAF Museum is inviting visitors to remember the conflict which took place in the skies during WWII and is often dubbed the nation’s “finest hour”. Highlights include:

  • Flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (weather permitting)
  • Living history areas with re-enactors
  • Performance by the RAFA band
  • Film screenings of the Battle of Britain and Deep Blue Sky in the Museum’s 250-seat cinema
  • Archive film footage from the Battle of Britain including the White Eagle which examines the contribution made by Polish Fighter Pilots during the Battle of Britain, andFighter Pilot which shows actual Battle footage
  • Outdoor vintage vehicle display

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