English Civil War Society Brampton Bryan Battle

The English Civil War Society return to Aardvark this year to re-enact the Civil War Sieges of Brampton Bryan!

Saturday & Sunday 10th-11th August 2019

Entry £5 for adults each day, Under-16s, and parking are free.

English Civil War Society Return to Besiege Brampton Bryan Castle for 375th Anniversary!

On Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th of August 2019, the English Civil War Society will again return to Brampton Bryan to commemorate the two sieges of Brampton Bryan Castle that took place during the English Civil War. This year is the 375th anniversary of the second climactic siege, and the programme has been expanded to include additional elements such as the famous heroic ‘sally’ in which the vastly outnumbered parliamentary forces left the castle under cover of smoke and darkness and succeeded in utterly destroying the Royalist powder stores.

In addition to two full sieges of the replica castle during each day, there will also be a Living History Village with the chance to see what life was like in mid-17th century Britain.

Battlefield historian Martin Hackett (author of Lost Battlefields of Britain and Lost Battlefields of Wales) will also be on hand to talk about the history and military aspects of the sieges, as well as showing his detailed model of the siege and other local battles such as the ‘Battle of Mortimer's Cross’.

During the weekend renowned historian Adrian Durkin will be talking about the realities of seventeenth century warfare, and also showing his collection of original weapons, musket and cannon balls. Special talks for young people will be available throughout the weekend, and there will also be the opportunity for them to dress up as soldiers of the period and experience for themselves the reality of warfare at that period.

Adult Entry £5 per person; Under 16s and Parking are Free of Charge.

Provisional Programme for the Weekend - may be subject to change

Saturday 10th August, 10.00-17.00:

10.00                    -    Event Opens

10.00 – 11.00       -   Handling Sessions with Re-enactors, explanation of Living History Sites

11.00 - 12.15        -   Trying on Arms and Armour of ECWS; Dressing of Public/Children

12.15 - 13.00        - First Siege of Castle

13.15 - 13.30        - Parade and informal chats with Visitors

13.30 - 14.00        - Lunch

14.00 – 15.15       - Pike Drill (Children)

15.30 – 16.00       - Second Siege of Castle

16.00 - 17.00        - Informal carousing


Sunday 11th August, 10.00-17.00:

10.00                    -   Event Opens

10.00-11.00          -   Handling Sessions with Re-Enactors, explanation of Living History Sites

11.00                    -   Procession with wreath leaves for church

11.15 -12.15                  -   Church Service

11.15 - 12.30        -   Trying on Arms and Armour, Living History Site

12.45 - 13:30        -  First Siege of Castle

13.30 - 14.00        -   Lunch

14.00 - 15.15        -   Children’s Pike Drill and Officers' Briefing

15.30 - 16.00        -   Second Siege of Castle

16.00                    -   Bookshop Closes

16.00 - 17.00        -   Living History Village

17.00                    -   Event Closes

Read on for details of  what happened at our 2015 English Civil War Re-enactment - the biggest yet! 

English Civil War Society Re-enactment at Brampton Bryan, a battle with cannon and musket firing, pike actions and cavalry, only yards from the original site!

Pikes at Brampton Bryan 2013

The weekend of the 15th and 16th August 2015 saw the third visit of the English Civil War society to Brampton Bryan, and we at Aardvark Books are delighted to host them for their biennial re-enactments of the Siege of Brampton Bryan. In 2015 there were displays, talks, drills, cannon firing, muskets, pike actions, the Living History Village, - and NEW for 2015, horses and cavalry! We were also delighted to welcome Press Genepy, a reproduction printing press, so watch out for 17th Century-style handbills...

All in all, a great family day out in Brampton Bryan!

NB Please note that cannon firing is VERY loud, and people and animals of nervous disposition, or who don't like loud bangs may be upset by the cannon.


Brampton Bryan Castle

is privately owned by the Harley family and is not open to the public. However, it is possible to see the Castle on Scarecrow Sunday, annually on the first Sunday in August, when conducted tours are held. Otherwise group tours may be arranged by appointment with the owners.

Brampton Bryan Castle 17th Century print, sepia


Brampton Bryan Scarecrow Sunday

is usually held on the first Sunday in August: it is an annual event held in Brampton Bryan to raise funds for Brampton Bryan Church.

All are welcome, there are stalls, scarecrows, games, lunches and teas and lots of fun for all the family from 11am-5pm, all round the village. Also tours of the Castle on that day only.

 All monies raised go to the maintenace and restoration of Brampton Bryan Church, which is a fine example of a Commonwealth Church.


 Spotted in 2013

Re-enactor browsing at Aardvark BooksOnly at Aardvark Books! Seventeenth Century Royalist gentleman browsing the archaeology shelves, somewhat appropriately!


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