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Royalists return to Berkeley Castle

PUBLISHED: 12:06 01 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:48 20 February 2013

Charles Gerard’s Regiment of Foot - part of the Society of the Sealed Knot.

Charles Gerard’s Regiment of Foot - part of the Society of the Sealed Knot.

Charles Gerard's Regiment of Foot offer the public and a chance to get 'up close and personal' with a glimpse into the lives of the soldiers and their followers in the English Civil War on Sunday, August 7

Royalists return to Berkeley Castle!



Sunday,August 7 2011 11am-5.30pm

Charles Gerards Regiment of Foot offer the public and a chance to get 'up close and personal' with a glimpse into the lives of the soldiers and their followers in the English Civil War this August.

The group, who are part of the Society of the Sealed Knot, will be at Berkeley Castle on Sunday, August 7 2011 and will offer members of the public the chance to see, touch and talk to people about the way a military campaign would have been run during the seventeenth century.

The event will be held within the grounds of Berkeley Castle and is included within the admission price for the Castle thats right, theres nothing additional to pay!

Berkeley Castle itself has its own place in the events of the English Civil War. As a Royalist stronghold it was besieged by Parliamentary troops in September of 1645. Sir Charles Lucas, the Royalist commander, said that he would eat horse flesh ere he would surrender, and mans flesh when that was done! However, when the Parliamentarians brought up artillery they were left with no choice but to surrender.

The Royalists will be back in more peaceful times, allowing the public to understand the lives of people over 350 years ago. There will be a soldiers encampment and drill demonstrations. See everyday activities such as cooking and a variety of crafts and games. Watch more military pursuits such as sword play and use of pike and musket.

Knowledgeable costumed re-enactors will guide the audience and to answer any questions. There is even the possibility of the presence of Fire Dragon, Gerards own cannon.

Chris Jones, spokesman of the group says:

Were very excited to be coming back to Berkeley its been a few years since we were last there. Its such a beautiful and historic setting and weve always had a great welcome from the people who come out to see what were doing.

Visitors can take a guided tour around the Castle and learn more about one of the most influential parts of Britains history and seeing it right up close in one of Englands most beautiful and historic settings. Visitors will also get the opportunity to have a go at bombarding the Royalists but this time with questions and cameras!

Visit www.gerards.org.uk orwww.thesealedknot.org.uk.

About Berkeley Castle:

Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1117 and still remains the home of the Berkeley family. The Castle was the scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and besieged by Cromwells troops in 1645. The Castle is steeped in history but 27 generations of Berkeleys have gradually transformed a Norman fortress into the lovely home it is today.

The state apartments contain magnificent collections of furniture, rare paintings by primarily English and Dutch masters, and tapestries. Some of the world famous Berkeley silver is on display and many other rooms including the Great Hall are available to view.

The Castle is surrounded by lovely terraced Elizabethan Gardens with a lily pond, Elizabeth Is bowling green, sweeping lawns and a walled garden containing the Tropical Butterfly House (open Easter September).

The Castle is licensed to hold Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships, as well as evening receptions and functions.

The Castle is open to visitors on selected days until Sunday 30th October 2011.

For general information contact the Castle Office on 01453 810332, or e-mail info@berkeley-castle.com. Browse the website www.berkeley-castle.com

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