It is October 1642. The 500 men of Lord Robartes Regiment, part of the newly formed Parliamentary Army, stand firm in the face of the advancing Royalist troops at the Battle of Edgehill, the first major engagement of the English Civil War.
This day is the culmination of religious, social, economic and political tensions that have torn the country in two, setting brother against brother and leading the country into some 18 years of civil war and resulting in the death of a king and the setting up of a republic.
For Lord John Robartes, a Cornish Member of Parliament, and his regiment Edgehill marks the start of a journey that would see them fight in many major engagements across the country until being absorbed into Parliament’s New Model Army under Oliver Cromwell on its formation in 1644.
Nearly 370 years later and the re-enactors of Lord Robartes' Regiment (part of Waller’s Brigade of the Army of Parliament in the Sealed Knot) seek to recreate a key period in our history that shaped many of the freedoms we enjoy today.
We want to help inform, educate and yes, entertain too.
Come and experience the sights and sounds of the battlefield in full scale battles or skirmishes.
Add something special to your event or venue with a drill display showing the different arms and/or our impressive ‘living history’ gives a fantastic insight into every day life in the 17th century, or bring history to life in the classroom
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of June 2018
We’ll be stood on the same ground that 375 years ago saw the first siege of the town in 1643. We’re all set for spectacular battles on both the Saturday and Sunday at the Queen's Sconce, along with a great living history camp to bring to life military and civilian life in the 17th century.
Come and down and see us perform. Living history opens from 10:30am, we then have a 17th century drill display at noon, and at 2pm the battle begins.
More about the Sconce
Newark is also home to the National Civil War Centre
Claydon Estate, Bucks - August Bank Holiday
A country divided; a family divided.
We'll be bringing the Civil Wars to life at the home of the Verney family, who epitomise the divisions of the time. A father who died defending the King's standard; a son who fought for Parliament!
Be there to experience it!
Join the best hobby in the world.
What makes a great re-enactor - take a love of history, a 'sprig' of dressing up and mix in some music festival, team sport, add a dash of camping and a sprinkle being a bit theatrical and hey presto!
Fun, family, fighting (there's more to do than just that)..... this is the hobby that has it all!
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'Home' to us feels like this unique heritage site in Northamptonshire, with over 10,000 years of history underfoot and a 17th century farmhouse being restored.
We love doing events here, working with their team and soaking up all that history!
The Wellingborough Diggers' Festival was established to commemorate The Diggers, perhsaps one of the most radical political groups that emerged during the Civil Wars
See our calendar of our Regimental and Sealed Knot events over the year. These take place across the country and in some fascinating places, from traditional villages to original battlefield sites and historic venues
Our Regiment has people from 6 to over 60. Single guys and girls; married couples; families and people in their retirement. Just as they would have done in the day our ranks are filled with people from all walks of life