370 years on, the English Civil War returns to Chester next weekend!


KelmarshIn 1643, Chester was besieged during the bloody civil war between King Charles and his Parliament.

Now, the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote and The Sealed Knot are coming to Chester to recreate the fight within its very walls in a fantastic FREE weekend of events!

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August, hundreds of troops from both Cheshire and across the country will arrive to re-create scenes from the deadly siege of 1643-1646.

Cavalier and Roundhead alike in full authentic clothing will be seen throughout the city and occupying its walls. A fascinating soldiers’ encampment will spring to life on Dean’s Field by the cathedral, giving local people a glimpse into life during the 17th Century and the characters who both defended and besieged Chester!

On both days the armies will then march through the city centre to converge on the field beneath King Charles’ Tower – and recreate the bloody assault on a breach in the historic walls! Muskets will fire, drums will sound, and pikemen will clash in heart-stopping skirmishes!

Bring the family and bring your camera for a memorable slice of Chester’s heroic history – learn more about this pivotal period in British history and see the English Civil War brought to life!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/13809934″>We’re invading Chester on 10th & 11th August!</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/earlofmanchesters”>Earl of Manchester's Regiment</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Event details:

Where:             Dean’s Field, Chester, and throughout the city centre. You can access Dean’s Field either via the section of the City Walls running from the cathedral to Rufus Court, or via Abbey Place.

When:              11am – 4pm, 10th and 11th August 2013

Activities:            Historical encampment with 17th crafts and artefacts; re-enactors in period clothing; displays of arms; skirmishes on both days.


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