Civil War battle comes to Oakwell

Civil War battle re-enactment at Oakwell Hall
Civil War battle re-enactment at Oakwell Hall

The English Civil War will come to life in Birstall next month when Oakwell Hall hosts a leading military re-enactment event.

Members of the English Civil War Society will re-create the Battle of Adwalton Moor, which took place in 1643, in the country park on September 12-13, while the house itself will be filled with actors portraying then-owners the Batt family’s preparations for war.

The conflict between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers, which ended in King Charles I’s execution, saw around 10,000 men fight hand-to-hand in the encounter at Adwalton, in modern-day Drighlington.

Oakwell Hall will be home to large numbers of re-enactors including infantry bearing muskets and pikes, cavalry on horseback and artillery soldiers. Visitors will be able to try on soldiers’ armour and handle weaponry such as pikes to get as authentic an experience of warfare during the period as possible.

Inside the hall, as John Batt prepares to leave and join the Royalist army, everyday life continues for his family and servants, and a court hearing and a meal based on a wealthy family’s household menu are among the indoor re-creations.

“The members of the English Civil War Society brought a household to the hall last October and it was a huge success. The comments from visitors were extremely complimentary and we’re anticipating another magnificent weekend in September,” said Oakwell Hall’s heritage manager Eric Brown.

Entry tickets to the Civil War extravaganza include full day access to both the hall and its grounds, which incorporate the living history camp and battlefield areas. Families pay £25 or £20 if booked in advance, while adults can visit for £10 or £8 in advance. Children’s tickets are sold on the day for £5 or in advance for £4. All prices include parking,

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01924 326246.