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Pikes and Plunder Annual Civil War Festival

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May

Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will descend on the historic town of Newark this early May bank holiday! Visit on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May to see the clock turned back to the mid-17th century for the 5th Annual Pikes and Plunder Civil War Festival. The remarkable Queen's Sconce - built in 1644 - will be the stunning venue for musket fire and fighting, whilst Newark Castle hosts major living history displays, bringing the period vividly back to life. Plus, more events will be held throughout the town ensuring that this is an unmissable bank holiday weekend for all!


Weekend Schedule

11am - 1pm - Market Place Drill Displays

Watch Civil War soldiers drill and complete a stunning volley of musket fire in Newark's magnificent cobbled market square surrounded by Civil War period buildings! Including have-a-go sessions for children, wreath laying on Sunday and Parliamentarian Surrender summons on Monday.

11am - 4.30pm - Living History at Newark Castle

Take a trip back in time and see how armies were fed, clothed, shod and equipped during the bitter Civil Wars woth a fabulous period encampment inside the castle walls. Vital crafts like blacksmithing, basket weaving and leather work will be demonstrated.

12pm - 2pm - Living History at the Queen's Sconce

Discover what life was like on the front lines with a fascinating look inside an artillerymen's camp. See the incredible weapons they used up close, hear from a senior Royalist officer and chat to the crews about the science behind 17th century gunnery.

2pm-4pm - Skirmish at the Queen's Sconce

The 370 year old fort will once again be the prize as Parliamentarians and Royalists clash for ownership. From 2-3pm, watch as initial skirmishes set the scene for full scale battle. From 3pm, hear cannons cry as banners fly and pikes clash. And, for the first time, see the visceral impact of cannon fire on the Sconce with stunning pyrotechnics.


Shuttle Buses

This year, for the first time, there will be a free shuttle bus* service to transport visitors from the living history displays at Newark Castle to the scenes of battle at the Sconce with buses departing at 15 minute intervals before and after the re-enactments.

*Spaces are limited and buses will operate on a first come, first served basis