Old Wardour Siege Re-enactment EventPosted: 2010-07-21
I just had the pleasure of visiting Old Wardour Castle, near Shaftesbury, which was built in the late 14th century by John, Lord Lovel. It was a peaceful place when I visited, but it wasn't always so - in 1643 the castle withstood a six-day siege until the defenders, under Lady Arundel, were finally forced to surrender. Now you can relive one of the most important dates in the history of this historic site, as a local history group will be re-enacting the Civil War siege of Old Wardour.
On 31 July and 1 August, you can join the Wardour Garrison re-enactment group, and relive the siege of Old Wardour that took place in 1643. Watch regimented pike drills and live musket firings of 17th-century costumed soldiers Each day there will be a living history camp with displays of cookery, weaving and surgery, as well as music inside the castle and fun family games in the grounds.
This is a family-friendly event that will help young and old really catch the flavour of life in the Civil War period. At 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, the excitement will culminate in a dramatic live siege of Old Wardour. Visitors will be able to see events unfold and famous faces from the past, such as Lady Arundel - who was forced to surrender her home - come to life.
What: The Siege of Wardour
When: Saturday 31 July & Sunday 1 Aug, 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Wardour Castle, Tisbury, SP3 6RR (2 miles South West of Tisbury, off A30)
Prices: Adults: £5.50/ Concessions: £5.00/ Children: £3.80
English Heritage Members: free