ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL WEEKEND
SOE Training Camp
An exciting new addition to the programme and based on the very real training course used for would-be agents being dropped into Nazi-occupied Europe, the SOE Training Camp will include being introduced to techniques in unarmed combat, weapons handling and how to pick a lock, while students will also be put through an assault course that will test metal and nerve! Pre-booked tickets only.
Using real bows, arrows and traditional butts, anyone can have a go at using the longbow.
Pre-book sessions at Sword School and learn some of the techniques used by medieval swordsmen, in both attacking and defensive moves.
Throughout the festival weekend, Deeds of Arms will be running fully interactive sessions for children demonstrating medieval swords and armour.
The Trench: Cassel 1940
It’s the third week of May 1940, and at the town of Cassel in Flanders, the 2nd Gloucesters and 4th Ox & Bucks are defending the hilltop town against the full fury of the victorious Germans. Their job: to hold on for as long as possible a key stretch of the southern flank as the bulk of the British Expeditionary Force folds in on itself and falls back to Dunkirk. In this trench experience you will be transported back to late May 1940 and to the hastily built and defended trenches as the Germans make their murderous assault.
In Soldier School, the budding Second World War recruit will be introduced to the uniforms and kit of the British Tommy – as well as a chance to see and handle some weapons from the machine-gun to firing mortars.
The Broad Chalke Bus
Thorughout the festival weekend, there will be a ‘bus’ service from one end of the site to the other, via a WWII truck and a steam traction engine and wagon – all in aid of the Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal.