Crowds of people have flocked to a historical re-enactment show at Highbridge’s Oaktree Arena which continues on Monday (August 25th).
Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups are taking part in the special event, called ‘A Walk Through History’, which started on Sunday and gives members of the public a chance to see displays up close.
Hundreds of people dressed in costume are living as they did during their respective eras by holding mock battles, gun fights and many other displays over the two-day festival.
One of the organisers, Ian Jefferies, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “There’s a real buzz around the event – we had a good first day and the event will continue on Monday, whatever the weather.”
“The show is an enjoyable, educational and interactive event for all the family. Visitors are able to watch many 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 are also 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 are also plenty of opportunities to have a go at the historical activities and a Medieval display is inviting visitors to try archery.
There are three arenas in use for the displays during the weekend. The centre green of the speedway track will be for displays from the Medieval groups attending and archery.
There is also a ‘walk through history ale’ on sale in the clubhouse during the weekend. The balcony is a great place to sit and have a relaxing drink whilst watching the displays in the main arena.
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 is priced at £6 for adults and free for accompanied children under 16.
The event is raising money for BIARS, which runs Burnham’s tourist information centre, and Burnham Lions.