Thousands of people and hundreds of soldiers will be descending on Nantwich in Cheshire this Saturday for the re-enactment event known as ‘Holly Holy Day’.
The event marks the Battle of Nantwich of 1644 – a key battle during the first English Civil War when a Parliamentarian army under Thomas “Black Tom” Fairfax defeated the besieging Royalist force of Lord Byron.
It’s been an annual tradition for the Sealed Knot for more than 40 years and this year promises to be another great event, with the armies marching into the town centre and parading in the main square before heading down to Mill Island for a battle re-enactment featuring muskets, pike, and cannon!
You’ll be able to spot Manchester’s amongst the parade with our red jackets and bright blue flag, we’ll also be the regiment singing a marching song, led by our firebrand Roundhead preacher!
Not only will we be marching and battling on the day, but there will also be face painting, horses on parade, Domesday morris dancing, hog roast, book signings by Civil War authors, Pillory re-enactment on Pillory Street, and Civil War tours and demonstrations by Nantwich Museum. On the town square, Redshift Radio will be hosting entertainment between 10am and 2pm, which will include performances from The Funky Choir, morris dancers, Wistaston Youth Drama Group, Nantwich Players, Mark Brisbourne, and the wreath-laying ceremony.
A full schedule and times for the day can be found in this brochure.