When: 28th January 2017
Where: Nantwich, Cheshire
£: Admission to watch the Mill Island battle costs £2 for adults, £1 for children or £5 for a family ticket. Many of the town centre events are free
What is it?
For over 40 years, the faithful troops of The Sealed Knot have gathered in the historic town of Nantwich, Cheshire, to re-enact the bloody battle that took place in 1643. Now known as Holly Holy Day, the annual event re-enacts the battle that ended the long and painful siege of the town.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday 28th January, with a parade and battle. There will be events in the town from 10am onwards, offering a whole day’s family entertainment. Visitors should expect plenty of street entertainment including Plough Witches and Morris dancers. There will also be a book signing, a hog roast, guided tours, a musket demonstration, 17th century music, and exhibitions to enjoy.
The event will culminate with the troops of The Sealed Knot marching through the town to the main square. There will be a short commemorative service before the troops head down to Mill Island at 1.30pm. Here, the re-enactment of the decisive breaking of the siege in 1643, will take place.
Nantwich has been a staple of the re-enactment calendar for more than four decades, and thousands turn out every year to watch The Sealed Knot mark this pivotal moment in the town’s history. From the impressive sight of hundreds of troops marching through the town, to the sounds of battle, come rain or shine this is an event that always proves popular with local families.
More info: www.battleofnantwich.co.uk