The pyrotechnics are being prepared at Goodrich Castle ahead of the site’s spectacular Bank Holiday weekend Civil War event. Visit on Sunday 29 or Monday 30 August to see a Royalist garrison try bravely to protect the castle while under siege from the Parliamentarian army!
This August Bank Holiday weekend, the site will be returned to the English Civil War, particularly the year 1646, then John Birch’s Parliamentarian Regiment launched an attack on the castle to take it from Royalist hands! The siege will be re-created by around 20 historical interpreters from the Wardour Garrison – expect explosions and musket fire as pyrotechnics are used to illustrate the attack!
Meanwhile, within the walls of the castle, visitors will be able to meet a range of 17th century craftspeople and civilians, including a coin maker and a candle maker. A living history encampment will offer an insight into period cookery, with such delicacies as pork in cider, peas pottage, buttered worts (cabbage steamed in butter) and griddle cakes being prepared and eaten by the re-enactors.
“For Goodrich Castle, the Civil War effectively saw the end of its days as a secure fortification, with huge cannons – including Roaring Meg, which is on display at the castle now – used to break down the strong walls, rendering it largely indefensible,” explains regional events manager, Tom Course. “Over the two days, we will be re-creating the sights, sounds and smells of the era, including the acrid smell of gunpowder which would have hung heavy in the air during the siege!”
Goodrich Castle’s chapel, with its stunning 21st century stained glass window, will double as a 17th century tavern for the weekend, with assorted games and activities for visitors young and old. There will also be a trail for children, encouraging them to explore the site and quiz the re-enactors to find all the answers.
The event runs each day from 11am to 5pm, with the site itself open each day from 10am. Admission prices are £6.80 for adults, £5.70 for concessions and £3.80 for children, with a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) available for £17.40. English Heritage members get in free.
To find out more call 01600 890538 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/goodrich