Soldiers & Skirmishes: 18th century weekend
Boom! Join us for an action-packed weekend on 22 – 23 August as costumed re-enactors recreate skirmishes of the Seven Years War, a global conflict which involved Buckler’s Hard-built ship HMS Kennington.
Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been postponed. We will confirm the new dates once they have been confirmed.
See French and British forces, played by the 35th Foot, 60th Foot & 68th Foot living history groups, clash as they would have done following the landing of HMS Kennington at the pivotal Siege of Louisbourg in 1758, then visit their camp to get a taste of life in the 18th century army.
Join us for demonstrations and activities throughout the day, including a chance to get up-close to period weapons and 18th century artefacts. Kids will even have the chance to join the soldiers for a fun drill!
Explore the period-perfect camp to find out about life in the armed forces in the 18th century and see demonstrations of traditional skills.
Watch the uniformed soldiers perform military drills. Kids will even have the chance to have a go!
Show & tell
At 12pm meet the soldiers, learn about their uniform & equipment, and find out what it’s like to be on a firing line!
At 2:30pm see the French and British engage in dramatic combat on the banks of the Beaulieu River.
Explore Buckler’s Hard
In the 18th century Buckler’s Hard was a thriving shipbuilding village. Your ticket includes entry to the Maritime Museum, historic shipwright’s cottage and all-day car parking.