Expect loud bangs from cannons and gunfire at Basing House on 30th September and 1st October for a weekend of Tudor and Civil War themed living history. Dating from the Norman period, Basing House was the site of the largest private house in Tudor England. Visitors to the weekend spectacular can get an insight into the devastating realities of the English Civil War through armed skirmishes as would have taken place between 1642 and 1651 between Parliamentarians and Royalists, in this case recreated by members of the English Civil War Society. Re-enactors will also share with visitors the more everyday aspects of Tudor life.
There will also be Tudor-costumed individuals whom you can meet around the site during the weekend. We have a lady demonstrating the art of Lucet spinning. Families can also try traditional Tudor outdoor games or you might want to have a tilt at Hobby Horse Jousting! To really experience what it would feel like living at the time there is the opportunity to dress in Tudor costumes, even take a selfie in a Tudor-style frame! In addition there will be tours of Basing House plus half-hour tours (from 3 to 5 pm) of nearby St Mary’s Church, inextricably linked with Basing House as it was severely damaged by Cromwell’s Parliamentary forces as they besieged Basing House.
Please note that during the skirmishes it can get quite noisy, it is advisable that young children, dogs and visitors with sensitivity to loud noises do not attend if they are likely to become frightened or distressed by these noises.
Normal admission prices apply. There is a free car park off Barton’s Lane, Old Basing (RG24 8AE), with short walk along the River Loddon the visitor centre entrance. For more information telephone 01256 463965 or visit www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/basing-house
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