Victorian soldiers re-enactment weekend at Claremont

This article was about our Victorian soldiers' re-enactment weekend in 2017. We'll be updating it again next year with 2018 information.

Re-enactment society dressed as Victorian soldiers
Step back in time at Claremont Landscape Gardens on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017, for a weekend of marvellous military history. Taking place each day between 10.30am and 4.30pm, this is a free event for all our visitors (normal admission charges will still apply).
Our re-enactors are unique in portraying both the regular and volunteer battalions of one of the British Army's oldest regiments. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment was founded in 1661 as the Tangier Regiment, and still exists today as part of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment.
Re-enactment society dressed as Boer soldiers


10.30 - event begins | 11.30 - Talk: Uniforms, Equipment & Tactics | 12.30 - Lunch | 14.00 - Battle Display - Saturday: Laings Nek - British forces attempt an attack on a defended Boer position atop the hill; Sunday: Majuba - The Boers launch an unexpected attack on the British | 16.30 - event finishes


You’ll be able to see the Regiment portrayed as it would have been in the late Victorian era between 1879 and 1883, complete with iconic scarlet tunics. Visit the British and Boer camps to see the soldiers preparing for battle, and listen to a talk from each side about the uniforms, equipment and tactics that they used during this period.
The main event sees the two sides come together for an awesome display of military might, sure to go off with a bang. Elsewhere in our grounds, meet the civilian ladies and gentlemen of Victorian England and the soldier's wives and sweethearts. They’ll be promenading around our landscaped gardens, safe in the knowledge that their heroes are keeping the Empire safe.

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