Swamp thing

First thing off my list

History Live at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.

The weather forecast said it would be gloriously sunny between 10am and 2pm.
They were wrong.
Very, very wrong.

Imagine having a bucket of water the size of, oh let’s say, Milton Keynes, tipped over your head.
That’s what the weather was like on Saturday.

Until about 4pm when, yes, it was gloriously sunny.

But never mind, we’re British, we’re used to the rain.

And so we watched a reenactment of the Battle of Stoke.


In the rain.

And the gladiators.

In the rain.

And we had a picnic.


In the rain (that’s the picnic rug being wrung out).

Great fun!

If you haven’t been to History Live before, then do go next year if you can. It is one of the most surreal days out. You can queue for your (not too overpriced) cappuccino next to a pustule ridden plague victim, chat with a woad daubed Celt and then watch a medieval battle take place in the company of Suffragettes, Roman centurions and Georgian ladies.


The day finished with an aerial dogfight between a spitfire and a Messerschmidt (um, I think. More of a medievalist myself…).

In the sunshine.



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