Newstead Abbey set for Civil War weekend

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Newstead Abbey will be stepping back in time this bank holiday weekend when Roundheads and Cavaliers battle it out for the English throne.

Visitors can head to Lord Bryon’s ancestral home for The Siege of Newstead Abbey event running from Saturday 24th August to Monday 26th - to enjoy the English Civil War re-enactment, presented by The Sealed Knot group.

From 10am to 5pm each day, the living history organisation will be presenting 17th Century Living and Battle displays, with cannon fire and cavalry charges. Battles will also take place at 3pm on Sunday and Monday, organisers said.

A Living history camp will be open to the public allowing full interaction with the armies, and visitors can discover how families lived through battles and supported the armies. There will also be small military drill displays throughout the day.

Visitors can also enjoy refreshments at the café and public beer tent all weekend.

Prices are £10 per car which includes entry to Newstead Abbey Gardens, the Living History Encampment, Army Drill Displays and Battles, which take place on the Sunday and Monday, and all day parking.

There is also a special offer for the bank holiday event, with entry to Newstead Abbey House for an extra £1 per person.

Coun Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “This English Civil War re-enactment at Newstead Abbey is a great day out for all the family, and a perfect opportunity to see the glorious Newstead Abbey House and gardens.”