Arm your muskets, ready your pikes and prepare to be put through your paces – the English Civil War is coming to Chester this weekend!
This FREE family-friendly weekend will see Chester’s English Civil War history come alive as the Sealed Knot re-creates the great siege of 1645/6.
Travel back in time 350 years and witness Chester’s role as a Civil War stronghold. Soak up the sights and smells of the authentic encampment as the forces cook, sleep and prepare for battle beneath the city’s walls. Meet the soldiers, discover what they are fighting for, and find out what life was like on and off the battlefield.
The whole family will enjoy the impressive weaponry displays and getting hands on with 17th Century-inspired games and activities. So be you Roundhead or Cavalier – this is a great way to experience one of most exciting periods in England’s history!
Here’s what will be on offer over the weekend:
- Taking place on Deans Field in the heart of Chester
- Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August
- Historical camp open from 10am to 5pm
- Spectacular FREE battles at noon and 2pm
- Activities for kids
- Dramatic scenes on Eastgate all weekend
Directions to Deans Field: walk north along the city walls from Eastgate Clock & Cathedral or follow signs down Abbey Street from Northgate Street
Want an idea of what’s in store? Check out these two great videos taken by Cestrianvlogger on YouTube, which show some of the sights you’ll see over the course of the weekend – from the mayor of Chester expelling Sir William Brereton, who would go on to be the Parliamentarian commander for Cheshire, from the city to the battle on Deans Field beneath the very walls that were bombarded during the great siege.