The Holly Holy Day and Battle of Nantwich Re-enactment has been scheduled for Saturday January 24th 2015.
The event commemorates the 1644 Battle of Nantwich, which relieved the siege of the town after a month of deprivation, and the townsfolk celebrated by wearing colourful sprigs of Holly in their buttonholes, hence Holly Holy Day.
Traditionally, it is celebrated on the nearest Saturday to the date of the battle.
Last years event was held on Saturday 25th 2014 which actually coincided with the exact date of this important civil war encounter.
Organiser Shaun Cafferty said:
“We are expecting a big turnout of Sealed Knot soldiers who will as usual parade through the town and of course fight a re-enactment of the battle on Mill Island in the afternoon.
It’s always a moving, colourful and exciting spectacle.
But we have also got a big programme of events throughout the day before the battle, so that it’s a whole day out for everyone, and most of it absolutely free!
It’s going to be another great day in Nantwich”.
There will be living history displays, cavalry, music, molly dancing, plough witches and other activities throughout the day in the town, with the Battle Re-enactment on Mill Island just on the west side of the town centre at 2pm.
Holly sellers will be around the Square so you can buy a sprig from their baskets. Listen out for the discordant church bell peal, rung as it was in 1644 to alert the townsfolk.
There will also be various activities taking place during the day at Nantwich Museum, such as:
- 10.15am & 11.30am ~ Civil War Tours Meet at the Museum (£3 per person)
- 10.30am – 11.30am ~ Musketry Demonstration led by the Sealed Knot
- 12:00pm ~ Music by Forlorn Hope
- 11:00am – 3:00pm ~ Children’s activities
Visit www.battleofnantwich.co.uk for details of the Battle Of Nantwich & the Holly Holy Day Society
Free programmes, which detail all the events and timings, as well as more information on the battle and siege, are available from the Nantwich Museum, Nantwich Bookshop, the Tourist Information Centre at the Civic, and the Martin & Co office on Hospital St.