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Join chase at historic park for the dandy highwayman

PICTURE BY JIM HOLDEN English Heritage

PICTURE BY JIM HOLDEN English Heritage

A host of dazzling costumed characters including soldiers, aristocrats, horses, riders and even a dandy highwayman will welcome visitors to Wrest Park for Heroes and Highwaymen this bank holiday weekend.

The park’s fashionable 1770’s resident, Jemima, Marchioness Grey, will be welcoming her aristocratic friends and visitors alike, before she entertains her guests to tea in her fabulous garden.

The genteel atmosphere may well be shattered when an audacious highwayman bursts upon them, with an eye on their valuables. Visitors will see the robbery in action, and if they are brave enough they can join the chase to stop him making off with the family jewels!

Experience 18th century fencing by the Swordmaster, marvel at the Redcoats of the 47th Regiment of Foot as well as visiting their tented encampment in the grounds to revel in the sights and smells of a real Georgian army base.

For those who prefer a more leisurely pace to their picnic, musicians will be performing traditional period pieces throughout the weekend and children can take part in the Georgian Puppet Show, hear the Highwaymen’s tales, get their face painted or have a go at a military drill.

The fun takes place on Sunday, August 24 and Monday 25 August, 10am to 6pm. Admission is £9 for adults, £8.10 concessions, £5.40 for children and £23.40 a family ticket. Visitors can enjoy access to Wrest Park’s magnificent 90-acre grounds and restored gardens, exhibitions in its historic garden buildings and French-style mansion and walled garden, with visitor centre and play area.

Visit www.english-herit
age.org.uk/wrestpark or call 01525 860000.

 

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