English Civil War Society Brampton Bryan Battle

As you may know, our biennial Civil War re-enactment returns in 2017: Next Civil War Siege of Brampton Bryan, DATES WILL BE Saturday and Sunday 12th-13th August 2017!

15th-16th August 2015: The Siege of Brampton Bryan Castle, 1643/1644

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.


English Civil War Society, Brampton Bryan Battle 2015
Programme for the Weekend

Saturday 15th August, 10.00-17.00:

10.00               -    Event Opens

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

11.15-11.45   -   Trying on Arms and Armour of ECWS;
                               Dressing of Public/Children

12.00-12.30   -   First Siege of Castle

12.45-13.00   -   Parade and informal chats with Visitors

13.00-13.30   -   Lunch

13.30-14.00   -   Pike Drill (Children)

14.00-14.45   -   Horse Display & 'Pat-a-Pony'

15.00-15.30   -   Second Siege of Castle

16.00-17.00   -   Informal carousing

Sunday 16th 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

11.30-12.00    -   Trying on Arms and Armour, Living History Site

12.45-13.15    -   First Siege

13.15                -   Lunch

13.30-14.00    -   Childrens Pike Drill and Officers' Briefing

14.00-14.45    -   Horse Display & 'Pat-a-Pony'

15.00-15.30    -   Second Siege

16.00                -   Bookshop Closes

16.00-17.00    -   Living History, Printing Press

17.00                -   Event Closes


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


Scarecrow Sunday

will be on Sunday 2nd August 2015: 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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