IN Nantwich, events include a living history tableau in St Mary's churchyard; military personnel on horseback in the town; Mollies, Plough Witches and street entertainers; a hog roast; and the Domesday Morris Dancers.

   From 10am to 2pm, there will be guided tours of St Mary's Parish Church where Royalist prisoners were held; 10.30am: booksigning by Civil War authors in Nantwich Book Shop and Coffee Lounge (also, see below left); and 11.55am: a performance by Nantwich Players which culminates in a guilty person being locked in the pillory opposite the Museum.

   On the RedShift Radio stage in The Square: 10.15am, Sinead D'Abreu-Hayling; 11am, Nantwich Young Voices; 11.30am, Tim Lee; 11.55am, Nantwich Players.

 

AT 12.45pm, Sealed Knot troops leave their barracks at Malbank School and make their way to the town centre via Welsh Row, arriving at 1pm. 1.15pm, Wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial, remembering all who died in various battles over the centuries; 1.30pm, the troops march to Mill Island.  

   On Mill Island: 1.50pm, Artillery demonstration; 2pm, the battle re-enactment. Both contain loud bangs from the guns. 3pm, Presentation of the Rosebowl for the best regiment in the battle - not necessarily the 1644 victors.

   Admission charges to Mill Island: Family 5 (two adults and two children aged 15 or under); adults 2, children (15 or under) 1. The Mill Island venue includes an area for disabled spectators.

  • o Members of the Nantwich brigade of the Sealed Knot were on The Square (town centre) on January 20, promoting the event. If you missed it, visit www.battleofnantwich.co.uk and view the Facebook posting which features an interview by RedShift Radio with one of the battle re-enactors, a Parliamentarian - as were people in Nantwich in 1644.

   At Nantwich Museum: 10am and 12noon, Civil War tours of the town (meet at the Museum), Tickets cost 3 (2.50 Museum members). A musketry and - for the first time this year - a pike demonstration led by members of The Sealed Knot takes place from 10.30am to 11.30am (free but donations welcome). This will be followed by seventeenth century music from local group "Forlorne Hope" from 11.30am to 12.30pm (free but donations welcome).

 

lTHE Winter Fayre is where local businesses, shops, etc, many of whom sponsor the Holly Holy Day event, showcase their wares and services.   

   The main sponsor of the event is Applewood Independent.

 

o INFORMATION sources for this listing include a special Holly Holy Day programme produced by Nantwich Holly Holy Day Society (www.battleofnantwich.co.uk). Copies of the programme are now available from Nantwich Tourist Information Centre in the Civic Hall in Market Street and Nantwich Museum in Pillory Street. On Holly Holy Day, they can be found at Nantwich Book Shop and Coffee Lounge on The Square and Martin&Co in Hospital Street. It's not just a list of times of the events; there is a lot of good reading and illustrations. Best of all, the programmes are free!

The Battle of Nantwich official website  |  The Holly Holy Day Society

The Sealed Knot Society  |  About the Battle of Nantwich (on this website)