Visitors to Thorpe Mandeville were taken back to the 17th Century as The Sealed Knot marched into the village for a day of fighting and skirmishes.
The event on Saturday and Sunday saw Colonel Robert Hammond’s Regiment of Foote deliver their Living History Camp, which aims to show people what life was like for soldiers during the English Civil War between 1642-51.
Aside from the pounding of the drums and musket fire, the village’s Three Conies pub also hosted a beer and cider festival with live music from The SKA-lectrics and Big Sky which raised £260 for St John’s Church.
As part of the event, it was also a chance for children to get involved with learning the skills and techniques soldiers had to learn while on the battlefield, which included repairing their weapons and making new ones.
Children were also invited to try their hands at hefting a pike, try on military armour and even swing a sword just like many men did during the battles between the Royalists of Charles I and the Parliamentarian army led by Oliver Cromwell.
Richard Phillips, landlord of the Three Conies, said: It was an absolutely wonderful weekend. We had soliders setting up camp left right and centre, officers eating away from the soldiers and even a blacksmith area as well.
“The children were being taught how to hold a musket and cannon fire was being set off as well. It was a brilliant day and I was astonished at the local support we have had.”
The Sealed Knot are an iconic sight all over the country and help educate and bring to life the pivotal battles during the Civil War. Key dates include the Battle of Edgehill where members perform a battle re-enactments every year in Kineton.
Mr Phillips added: “The place was absolutely buzzing, there were six people behind the bar and it was a really relaxed place. It is great to see everyone come together when they know something special will be coming to the village.”