All guns blazing for Newstead Abbey’s Napoleonic battle

Action from the Napolionic Associations visit to Newstead Abbey on Sunday
Action from the Napolionic Associations visit to Newstead Abbey on Sunday
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IT was all guns blazing at Newstead Abbey this Bank Holiday weekend as members of the Napoleonic Association met to re-enact a typical battle from the era.

Around 6,000 people turned out to the event, which took place on Sunday and Monday, when members of the historical society wowed spectators with historically accurate costumes and authentic battle scenes.

The 45-minute battle was an example of a clash from the Napoleonic Wars and was fought between the British and French armies.

For military enthusiasts, there was an opportunity to find out more about the weapons, for example the canons, that would have been used during the early 1800s.

And there was also a chance for visitors to discover what life was like for people during this time with the Living History displays which took place throughout the weekend.

Members of the Napoleonic Association camped out in the abbey grounds over the two days wearing period clothes and eating food from the time.

This is the fourth Napoleonic event that has taken place at Newstead Abbey and more than 200 history enthusiasts from the Napoleonic Association helped to create the spectacle.

Event organiser Jerry Warnes, who is horticultural supervisor for parks and open spaces at Nottingham City Council, said: “This has been the most popular vent, mainly because of the weather - we had a really good attendance for this battle.

“The Napoleonic Association said that they like coming to Newstead and that is one of their favourite sites to come to because not only are the staff very welcoming but also because the local people who come to the event ask some good questions.”