The May Day weekend in Newark and Sherwood is one to remember, as the area’s unique civil war (read more about this in a previous blog post) and earlier history come to life. It is a weekend of living history and re-enactments that involves the whole region.
Pikes and Plunder Festival
Central to this activity is the Pikes and Plunder Festival, which, now in its fourth year, takes place on 6 & 7 May 2018. Over 300 civil war re-enactors are expected to descend on Newark this year as the clock is turned back to the mid-17th century.
The event is organised by the National Civil War Centre, in partnership with the English Civil War Society, and incorporates skirmishes, musket fire and a chance to meet the troops and inspect their camps. It takes place across Newark Castle, The Queen’s Sconce at Sconce and Devon Park, the market place, where there will also be a Caribbean Cook Out BBQ on Monday 7, and the National Civil War Centre itself.
A full itinerary of free events can be found here.
Sherwood Forest Living History Weekend
At Sherwood Forest, on 6 & 7 May you can step back even further in history to 15th century England and the time of the Wars of the Roses. The Sir John Savile’s Household Group is bringing along its Living History Camp, complete with medieval tents and a camp kitchen, and will be running demonstrations of medieval life and war fare. Visitors will be able to walk among the townsfolk and travelling merchants, see the men and women of the camp go about their daily chores and watch the soldiers train with bills and bows!.
Have a look at our video below of photos from Sir John Savile’s Household to get a taste of what to expect from the weekend. The event is free and booking is not required. Keep an eye on the event website for more details.