Re-enactment groups to visit town

Berwick town hall and the ramparts beside Berwick Barracks will provide the splendid settings this weekend for medieval and Elizabethan period living history encampments, displays and interactive demonstrations of crafts, weapons and combat of the period.

Thursday, 19th July 2018, 6:28 am
Living history in Berwick.

Defending Berwick and the Border is part of Tweed 1000, a programme of events commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Carham.

Re-enactors from St Cuthbert’s Land will introduce visitors to aspects of life in the 11th century, at the time of the Battle of Carham, an event that resulted in the River Tweed becoming the contested border between England and Scotland.

Alongside the activities in their authentic tented encampment, there will be music and storytelling from the period.

Moving forward a few centuries, the Vanguard re-enactment society specialises in recreating the medieval period when Berwick and its castle changed hands between Scotland and England on at least 13 occasions. Members of the group will engage in combat with swords and shields and provide displays of the weapons, armour and everyday life at the time.

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Best of Times, Worst of Times, a group of 16th century period re-enactors will also be attending, while, on Saturday only, the Teviotdale Reivers will be encouraging younger visitors to take an active part in practising 16th century pike drill with broom handles.

A colourful exhibition in the town hall will illustrate the centuries of turbulent border history.

Profits will go to the Berwick Cittaslow initiative.

This event is open from 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission free.