National Civil War Centre
National Civil War Trail - includes app store logos

Woeful Weapons

‌Friday 30th March - Sunday 15th April

Hear Civil War swordsmith superstar Andrea Ferrara tell all about his mysterious life and the odious knock off merchants who tried to steal his name. Plus get armed to the hilt making your own (cardboard) sword, create a crafty cannon ready for battle and get gory finding out about battlefield injuries and making your own wound to wear home! 


‌These family friendly sessions involve a bit of audience participation and are always good fun. Performances every day (except Sunday).

Andrea Ferrara: Man of Steel 

During the Civil War having a decent sword could be the difference between life and death. Few men made better swords than Andrea Ferrara.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a true master. Andrea Ferrara will spill the beans about his mysterious life, the best way to forge a formidable blade, and the illicit trade in cheap knock-off weapons that plagued his business.


Family Craft Activities

10am to 4pm every day

Armed To The Hilt

Make and decorate your own cardboard cavalry sword and learn about how swords were used on the battlefield.

Crafty Cannon

Make your own portable canon to take home and use in battle.

The Walking Wounded

Learn what blades and bullets could do to bodies and make your own wound to wear home.