Holdenby House

Once again the forces of Parliament meet the King's forces in the historic grounds of Holdenby House in the rolling Northamptonshire countryside.

It is 1647 and King Charles I is being held prisoner in Holdenby and an attempt to rescue him is made by the Royalist forces - let battle commence!

Close to Northampton, Daventry, Wellingborough, Kettering, and Rugby, this is an ideal day out for the whole family!

The event takes place on both days from 10:30am to 4pm. The house will be open from 11am - 3pm.

The full schedule:

  • 10.30am - Watch Brigade Drill from the south lawn or the King play chess by the Ornamenta Pond
  • 11am - Join Hammond's Regiment for drill in the military camp or watch the King's entourage play bowls on the lawn
  • 11.15am - Come and join in the maypole dancing in the village camp
  • 11.20am - 12pm The King receives a letter from the Queen, but a spy is caught and punished!
  • 12pm - Watch a 'Court Leet' in Holdenby House's Pytchley Room
  • 12.15pm - Join Hammond's Regiment for drill in the military camp 
  • 1.50pm - The alarm is raised!
  • 1.10pm - Pre-battle fire fight
  • 2.30pm - The armies deploy and battle is joined!
  • 4.15pm - Thanksgiving sermon near the church as the wounded are treated.

Admission prices: Adult ticket: £8 Battle only, £10 House and Battle

      Child ticket: £6 Battle only, £8 House and Battle 

      Family ticket: £22 Battle only, £25 House and Battle

For details and direction on the Holdenby House website, click here.

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