Civil War: Besieged, Saturday 26 May-Sunday 27 May
A full programme recreates the most dramatic time in the 1,000 year history of Corfe Castle when royalist heroine Lady Mary Bankes faced the might of Cromwell’s besieging Roundheads.
- 11am Join the gathering of the villagers in the square. Lady Bankes summons tenants and friends to join her in the castle.
- 11.30am Attempted seizing of the cannon (one cannon shot will be fired).
- 12 noon Pike and musket drills by Lord Hopton's Regiment of Foote (expect musket fire).
- 12.45pm -Civil War soldiers' academy: Children are invited to join Lord Hopton's Regiment and take part in their own pike drill.
- 1pm Lady Mary Bankes dines with her Cavalier officers in the officers' mess.
- 2.30pm The assault: The Roundheads are lavished with 'strong water' to persuade them to attack.
- 3.30pm - General salute.
- 5pm - Event close.
Please note that the musket fire can be very loud, not all dogs or young children appreciate it!
Civil War:Besieged is a free event but normal admission charges apply – free to National Trust members.