August 24, 2014
Big crowds expected at history re-enactment show today in Highbridge

Big crowds are expected to flock to a major two-day historical re-enactment show starting today (Sunday) at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena.

Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups will be taking part in A Walk Through History on Sunday August 24th and Bank Holiday Monday August 25th.

Hundreds of people dressed in costume will be living as they did during their respective eras by holding mock battles, gun fights and many other displays over the two days.

One of the organisers, Ian Jefferies, told "There's a real buzz debveloping around the event as the groups have arrived and set up ready for the start of the event."

"The show will be enjoyable, educational and interactive for all the family. Visitors will be able to watch the displays and also walk into the sites of each group and engage with the re-enactors to find out more about their eras," he added.

There will also be smaller stalls and displays that are linked to the historical themes, with collections of classic cars, military vehicles, steam rollers, static engines and even a Messerschmitt plane that was shot down in the war.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to have a go at the historical activities and a Medieval display will invite visitors to try archery.

There will be three arenas used for the displays during the weekend. The centre green of the speedway track will be for displays from the Medieval groups attending and archery.

The arena in the main field will see many displays from different groups including on Sunday afternoon a 'fantasy battle', where groups from different eras will battle which promises to be very entertaining.

The Wyoming Wild Bunch will be putting on displays in their camp at 12pm and 2pm each day.

There will also be a 'walk through history ale' on sale in the clubhouse during the event. The balcony there is a great place to sit and have a relaxing drink whilst watching the displays in the main arena. Also the re-enactors will be in the clubhouse on the Saturday and Sunday evenings and anyone wishing to come along and meet them will be welcome.

To make the event as family-friendly as possible, the organisers say the admission prices have been kept as low as possible, and therefore entry this year will be priced at £6 for adults and free for accompanied children under 16.

Programmes for the event, priced at £1 each, are available from BIARS or Bessies Sweet Shop in Burnham High Street which contain all the timings for the displays.

The event will be raising money for BIARS, which runs Burnham's tourist information centre, and Burnham Lions.


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