Bank holiday weekend: Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August
This bank holiday weekend, The Commandery will be filled with hungry soldiers, secretive spies, and angry housewives as it takes visitors back to the 17th Century with living history, children’s activities and an immersive new experience.
The Commandery gardens will be transformed with the battle preparations happening in 1651 in anticipation of the Battle of Worcester, during which thousands of soldiers descended on the city, causing enormous destruction and bringing an end to the English Civil War.
Visitors can watch soldiers cooking and preparing for battle after a 350-mile journey, meet the civilian women whose city has been invaded and witness the tragic tale of shooting the messenger. Mini scenes, musket firing and pike drills will keep audiences entertained all weekend.
Families will enjoy dressing up in 17th Century costume, handling weaponry and seeing amazing objects from Worcester’s past as well as joining in with the crafts and cannon drill.
There will be tours of Worcester’s Civil War Story, a new experience showing visitors the significance that Worcester played in the English Civil War through atmospheric film, significant artefacts, sounds of arguing Royalists and Parliamentarians and interactive models.
Sarah Bourne, Commandery event officer, says: “We want to bring to life the significant role Worcester played in the English Civil War, and give visitors a sense of what it felt like as a frightened citizen in Worcester in 1651 with invading armies approaching. There is a whole programme of events every day over the bank holiday weekend, with activities for the whole family to enjoy.”
The event takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend, August 26 to August 28. It will be open 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Monday, 1.30pm to 5pm on Sunday.
During the week running up to the event, family workshops and trails on Tuesday and Thursday will get children into the 17th Century spirit and talks and demonstrations on Wednesday and Friday will allow visitors to delve deeper into local civil war history.
The Storming of Fort Royal Weekend is in association with the Worcester Militia and Worcester Re-enactors.
An annual ticket to The Commandery including entry to special events is £5 for Worcester City residents if they produce a Worcester City Council tax bill. Otherwise, entry is £5.95 for adults and children (0-16 years) are FREE. An annual ticket is £10.95.
Visitors can find out more at www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk