This Saturday, Nantwich in Cheshire will be filled with Roundheads, Cavaliers, camp followers, fire eaters and other entertainers of the period as the townspeople of Nantwich celebrate the relief of the Parliamentarian town from besiegement of the Royalist Army during the Civil War.
The event is a hugely popular event that attracts crowds from far and wide and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the first re-enactment in the town.
This year’s event will also feature a town crier and performances from the Funky Choir, X academy and The Nantwich Players. Throughout the day there will be music, dancing and street entertainers to entertain the crowds. There will also be a parade of local school children in historical costumes will take place, with prizes on offer for the best costume.
Away from the square, there will be a musketry demonstration in the Museum, which will also house a wargaming exhibition. There will be performances from the 17th Century musicians, Forlorn Hope, and a Living History exhibition. For the more active, there will be a ‘walk and talk’ event led by the Battlefield Trust. The walk will go from Acton Church to the actual site of the battle, which will complete in time for participants to be back in town in time for the Mill Island re-enactment.
From 12.30pm, the Sealed Knot will parade into the town centre for inspection – a sight not to be missed, as regiments march together with flags flying, drums beating and the men singing psalms and shouting slogans.
Then, at 2pm, they will parade down to Mill Island, just outside the town centre, to take to the battlefield and slug it out – a spectacular sight in the winter mist!
This year’s Holly Holy Day promises to be bigger and better than ever – don’t miss out!
The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment love taking part in the Nantwich event and you can always be sure to hear us, even if you don’t see us. We’re the bunch in redcoats in this video, all singing at the 5.57 mark:
Nantwich is four miles from Crewe in south Cheshire. It has a mainline station and frequent buses. By road, exit M6 at junction 16, then A500 to Nantwich. Parking is ample in the town centre, but Holly Holy Day can be very busy so be sure to arrive early!