Bradford on Avon Civil War Re-enactment Weekend
Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2016
It is all very busy here at the Town Council as we prepare for the opening of the Civil War re-enactment which is FREE to all.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and want you to have a great time with us and make the most of your visit. Here’s what you need to know!
Parking in the area is very limited and we encourage you to travel to the event via public transport or if you live in the town via foot or bike.
The two main bus routes around the town are bus No.98 and route 265 linking Bradford on Avon, Winsley and Limpley Stoke to Bath, Trowbridge and Warminster. Other villages in the area are served by bus. For full details please visit http://www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk/bus/timetables/bus-route-maps/
Bradford on Avon is situated on the Wessex Main Line. There are regular direct trains to and from London Paddington and Waterloo, Portsmouth, Southampton and Cardiff. Bath and Bristol are just a short train ride. The main trains serving the station are Great Western and South West Trains. Timetables are available at https://www.gwr.com/
Bradford on Avon lies on the A363 Trowbridge to Bath road, which runs through the town from south to north, and crossed over by the B3109 linking Bradford on Avon with Melksham and Frome.
From M4 East (London) Exit J17 – A350 to Chippenham (20 minutes) Follow the ring road and take A4 towards Bath. After Corsham, bear left – B3109 to Bradford on Avon.
From M4 West (Bristol) Exit J18 – A46 to Bath for approx. 10 miles (25 minutes) Do not take exit for Bath – stay on A46 and continue through underpass. As the next roundabout take A363 to Bradford on Avon.
From South (A361) From Eastbound A303 take A350 turn off north signposted Warminster. From westbound A303 take A36 turn off signposted Warminster. On reaching Warminster bypass take A36. At Beckington roundabout take A361 and B3019 to Bradford on Avon.
There is an event car park in Culver Close – £5 per vehicle. This opens at 9.30am, please do not arrive before this time, the show opens at 10.00am.
There are a number of pay and display car parks in and around the town and details can be found at http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/bradford_on_avon/
Please note that the car park Barton Farm is not open to the public as this is being used for event vehicles. The Town Council are also requesting that people refrain from parking along Pound Lane so that large vehicles can access the area for deliveries.
The following event programme is the same for both days of the re-enactment
10am to 5pm Living History Site Open
11:40am to 11:55am Skirmish on Town Bridge
12.30pm to 1pm Artillery Display at Victory Field
1pm Lunch for soldiers in Living History Site
2pm to 2:30pm Infantry Display at Victory Field
3:15pm to 4pm Battle at Poulton
What should I bring?
Be prepared for changing weather; ensure you bring sun cream, hats, comfortable shoes and waterproofs to cover all eventualities!
Food and Drink
Stay hydrated – especially if the weather is warm. Bring bottles with you or purchase them from the vendors.
Bring your own picnic and non-alcoholic drink or buy it on-site. PLEASE NO GLASS, barbeques, candles or flaming torches. There will be a wide range of catering and refreshments stalls in Victory Field.
There is an on-site bar and designated drinking area at the event. No alcohol is permitted to be brought on to the Civil War Re-enactment site. Alcohol will be confiscated and destroyed on entry by security staff.
Much like a ‘Proms in the Park’ event, we would love you to sit on rugs or bring your own low level seating. We will not be providing any seating or ground cover so do bring your own and please show consideration in their placing. No gazebos or tables will be permitted.
Smoking is permitted only in designated areas. Please take particular care not to smoke outside these areas because of the enhanced fire risk.
Ask our highly visible and friendly Event Staff any questions you may have about the show or visit the English Civil War Society Information tent situated near the Tithe Barn.
Spectators are advised to comply at all time with regulations and the advice of the stewards and marshals in attendance with regard to personal safety.
Programmes are available to buy from the Town Council Offices and Tourist Information Centre for £2. Military historian Jonathan Falconer looks at the causes and effects of the English Civil War, and recounts the events that took place in and around Bradford on Avon in July 1643. Full event details and maps included.