Wardour Garrison Living History at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Wardour Garrison Living History

The Wardour Garrison will be at the Weald and Downland Living Museum on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 August 2024.

Come along and discover what life was like in the 17th Century as depicted by an English Civil Wars Royalist Garrison.

Within the encampment many trades and crafts will be presented such as Lace Making, Embroidery, Crewel Work and other forms of Needlecraft, Rope & Candle Making, Coining and Pole Lathing. Period food will cooked over an open fire. Visitors are encouraged to come into the encampment to interact with the re-enactors and to ask questions and many artefacts may be handled. Re-enactors will describe the impact of the Civil Wars on domestic and rural life.

Being a garrison the soldiers will be put through their paces with displays of the main weapons of the period, the Pike and Musket. Following these displays younger visitors may take part in a sword school learning the basic moves as taught in the period.


Please note: This is not an event weekend, just an opportunity to see a special additional demonstration at the Museum over this weekend.


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Information for Visitors

The Museum’s 40 acres site, historic gardens and buildings are fascinating places to learn about rural history. Visitors can purchase grain from the Museum shop and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Whilst enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air, look out for our working animals, which can include the Heavy Horses, Sheep and Ducks. There are a number of lovely woodland trails, including a woodland play area for children to explore.

Why not enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch at our waterside café?  Visitors can also bring a picnic as there are plenty of picnic areas available on site.  Takeaway refreshments will also be available from our seasonal Shepherd’s Huts located around the Museum.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site. Visitors with access needs are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

All activities are subject to change.



Sat–Sun 17–18 August 2024