English Civil War Weekend at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

ECW solider and child

History will come to life on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August at Avoncroft Museum when Cavalier and Roundhead re-enactors from the English Civil War Society recreate scenes from one of the most turbulent periods in England’s history.

Visitors will get a real feel for the English Civil War era walking around the living history camps in the Museum’s grounds and chatting to Parliamentarian and Royalist soldiers and local residents selling their wares on market day.

There will be drills (at 11am each day) and skirmishes (2pm), cooking demonstrations over an open fire and bread baking in an outside oven.  Meet the Innkeeper and make your own gifts and coins or try writing with a quill pen.  Avoncroft’s medieval Town House, once owned by a cloth dyer in the 16th century, will be the setting for demonstrations of this historic skill and displays of painted wall cloths decorated with period designs using authentic pigments such as woad.

Younger visitors are welcome to join in the drills as the soldiers prepare for battle, try on armour and examine the weapons used.  Follow the trail around the Museum and solve the clues by talking to historic characters.

Other attractions include the local Constable and visitors will be able to see firsthand some of the instruments of punishment during the 17th century, including the chance to try out the Constable’s pillory and stocks.

More details of these and other forthcoming events at Avoncroft Museum can be found at: http://www.avoncroft.org.uk/whats-on/events-programme/

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