“Cannon at Cannon” the historic Hall’s spectacular re-enactment event returns with a bang on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 May.
The spectacular free event will see Wellington’s determined redcoats bravely defending the Georgian country house from Napoleons invading army as they battle it out with dramatic effect on the South lawn.
Between 10am and 4pm each day, visitors will be treated to thrilling clashes, artillery barrages, dense columns of French infantry and rampaging cavalry featuring hundreds of re-enactors as well as horses and cannons, plus much more.
As if this wasn’t enough visitors will also have a unique opportunity to explore the camps and discover the fascinating connection between the soldiers and the famous family who lived in the Hall.
Fans of the era are encouraged to explore the Hall itself, which is also free to enter; here they will discover a very important visitor. Hung in the decorative south facing rooms of the Museum will be a wonderful portrait of Napoléon Bonaparte by the famous French painter Baron Gérard (1770-1837). This generous loan from a private art collector and historian will not only be on display for the event itself but also in time for the 250th anniversary of Napoleon's birth in 1769.
Cannon Hall is currently undertaking a £3 million pound project to transform the park and gardens.
The Parks for People project, which has been made possible by the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, will see key features of the parkland such as the ice house, deer shelter and gardeners cottage restored to their former Georgian glory. Restorations of these important historic buildings will allow them to be explored for the very first time, offering a further glimpse into Cannon Hall’s fascinating history.
Lynn Dunning, Group Leader, Arts & Heritage, said: “Cannon Hall and its awarding winning park and gardens are the perfect backdrop for the dramatic battle between the redcoats and the Napoleonic army. The historic Georgian country house is steeped in history and visitors will be transported back to a time of decadence and drama! Through the displays by re-enactors, horses and cannons people really will see history come to life. A perfect and truly unique day out for all the family, there will be lots of memorable things to experience, as well as the opportunity to learn a little more about the area’s fascinating local history.”
For more information about the event please visit www.cannon-hall.com