Newbury 23rd – 24th June 2018
Newbury – Bringing the Seventeenth Century Alive!
The Newbury I Event Committee
Press Release No.2
It is 375 years since the historic First Battle of Newbury. In the fields to the west of the town 20,000 Royalist troops fought an equal number of Parliamentary soldiers to a bloody standstill.
The main infantry action was on Round Hill at the west end of Essex Street; with cavalry actions on Wash Common and down towards the river along the Enborne Road. After dark, when the Royalist commanders realised they did not have enough ammunition for a second day of fighting, they drew their forces off towards Oxford.
If you want to see the live action re-enacted with muskets and artillery pieces firing, cavalry charging and the clash of pikemen with their 16 feet long pikes – you need to be at Cope Hall Park on Saturday 23rd June or Sunday 24th June.
Displays of infantry, cavalry and artillery will take place during the morning as well as Parliament’s artillery battery being set up.
The Living History display is open all day showing active demonstrations of seventeenth century crafts and activities. Come and join in and try on some armour or try writing with a quill pen!
Gates open at 11.00am until 5.00pm. Parking is free.
Advance tickets (£5 adults, £10 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children) are available from Budgens, West Berks Museum, Newbury Building Society and Tesco (Pinchington Lane).
Admission £6 Adults, £2 for children (age 5-15) or £14 Family on the day.
Before the battle, a ceremony will be held on 2 June 2018 at the junction of the Andover Road with Essex St, at the memorial to the 2nd Viscount Falkland, who was killed in the First Battle of Newbury. The Mayor of Newbury will lay a wreath at the ceremony, which is by kind permission of Newbury Town Council. Guards of Honour will provide a salute.
Further details from [Peter Wilson 07584 599102]
Organised by – The Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment