Keep Napoleon Out!
Friday 8th June
Join us at Colchester Castle on Friday 8 June and take a trip back 200 years to the early 18th century when England was under threat of invasion from Napoleon’s France!
200 years ago Europe was very unstable, and this event is an opportunity for you to put yourselves in the shoes of British soldiers ready to defend the land.
Dress in the finery of a dragoon and take part in a sabre-sword drill with fellow-visitors. This fun, hands-on activity not only gives you the chance to play with swords, but it also looks very impressive (and should make Napoleon have second thoughts!)
Essex has strong Napoleonic connections, with several local regiments in the service of King George. At the time, Colchester was in the chain of brand new signal stations, the text messaging of the early 18th century, allowing warnings of invasion to spread rapidly throughout the County.
This will be a very interactive and colourful experience not to be missed – so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Sessions take place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. There is no need to book in advance, you can just drop-in and take part. This is a FREE event, after normal admission to the Castle has been paid.
Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Open: Mon – Sat, 10am to 5pm and Sun 11am to 5pm
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