Living History Weekend with Wardour Garrison
Saturday May 28 – to Sunday May 29
Why not join us over May 28-29 for a Living History Weekend at Field 725, recreating life as it once was back in the 17th Century.
Come along and meet the Wardour Garrison who are a group of enthusiastic re-enactors of how life might of been in England during this time period. They will be here with us at Field 725 for Saturday & Sunday to provide a rounded slice of history and they will be demonstrating how both military and domestic life used to be.
Book Your Tickets Below or buy on the door
This weekend will be packed with fun when children and adults will be able to join in a range of activities. Don’t miss this great opportunity to step back in time, have a go at sword school, learn about nature by going along on a herbs walk or even master the art of writing with a quill.
Alongside this, Field 725 will be hosting a local history tent, wildcraft activities and various walks & expeditions for you to explore the local area. Food and drink will be on sale and camping over is welcome.
Day tickets are £10 for the day and £5 for children. Camping over on Saturday is an additional fee of £15 per adult and £5 per child. Tickets are available in advance or, subject to availability, on the weekend.
Each day’s programme will run from 10am to 5pm. The Local History Tent will run from 11am to 5pm and include fascinating talks on our local history, centred around the 17th Century – ranging from Witchcraft to religious non-conformity to the Monmouth Rebellion, not to mention the (locally) famed skirmish between the menfolk of Bruton and Batcombe.
Wardour Garrison will be offering sword school, weapons demonstrations, musket shooting and more on a rolling basis through the days.
Timings for some of the Wardour Garrison Activities
- 10.00 Site opens to public – Living History open.
- 11.00 Arena Weapons Demonstration followed by Children’s Sword School.
- 14:30 Arena Weapons Demonstration followed by Children’s Sword School.
- 16:00 Target Practice Scenario
- 17:00 Stand Down
Tickets now available on the door
The Local History Tent – Saturday
11.00 – The Witches of Selwood (Andrew Pickering, Author)
12.30 – Religious Non-Conformity in the 17th Century (David Lassman, Author)
14.00 – Two friends at war: Ralph Hopton and William Waller in the English Civil War (Michael Gorman, Witham Friary History Society)
15.30 – The Monmouth Rebellion (David Lassman, Author)
The Local History Tent – Sunday
11.00 – Dispatches from the Civil War: six local stories (Michael Gorman, Witham Friary History Society)
12.30 – The Monmouth Rebellion (David Lassman, Author)
14.00 – Religious Non-Conformity in the 17th Century (David Lassman, Author)
Saturday: 10.30am – 2.00pm – With Avalon Bushcraft
Sunday: 12.30pm – 5.00pm – With Avalon Bushcraft
Field 725 is a rural venue in Somerset situated on a rare breeds farm, in the little village of Wanstrow and lies between the historical towns of Bruton and Frome. The scenery in the area is beautiful, with Selwood Forest just over the valley, once the great wood that separated East and West Britain and host to many fascinating historical events. It has a large wild meadow with amazing views to Selwood Forest, King Alfreds Tower and the Iron Age fort at Cley Hill.