Take a trip back in time ,Join us for a weekend of History in a wonderful setting

The Wimborne Militia Portrays an aspect of the Dorset Militia's circa 1685 Bringing to life the History of the Monmouth Rebellion through displays and Historical interpretation. They are one of only two Standing Militias in the country to hold a Town Charter. They are the Mayor of Wimbornes official escort and can be found taking part in many of the Civic duties in Wimborne. They also field an Artillery Battery of various Cannons from small arms to field guns. They create battle displays and living history encampments, with such crafts as Stone Masonry, Blacksmithing, Wheelwrights, Historical Kitchens, Woodworking, Metal Casting and much much more...


They really love to celebrate New Year in Wimborne

The 1879 Group

The 1879 Group Living History section recreates a section of the 24th Regiment, Royal Engineers, Attached Medical Staff and also Royal Artillery. The section portrays the Victorian Soldier of the Anglo-Zulu War with complete authenticity

The 1879 group was formed at the Museum of the South Wales Borderers in Brecon (now the Museum of the Royal Regiment of Wales) in 1998 by a small but dedicated group of people who had a consuming interest in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

One of the aims of the Group is to locate, renovate and re-dedicate the graves of those men who made it back to Britain but whose monuments have fallen into a state of disrepair or even disappeared over time. Some members carry out research into Anglo Zulu history and genealogy and keep alive the memory of soldiers of both sides of the Anglo Zulu War. We also help through involvement with local projects in KwaZulu-Natal.

1879 Group

Some of the group took part in this re enactment

Crown Forces 1776

The Society depicts units of the British Army from the American War of Independence and has appeared at a multitude of sites from Cornwall to Northumbria

Over the years they have visited just about every English Heritage site

many of the National Trust, County Shows and individual historical venues

Such as Portsmouth Dockyard and the National Army Museum

They have the backdrop of a small 18th Century Military Camp

Including a display of Soldiers artefacts

There area display will include

 .18th Century Infantry Parade and Firing Manual Exercise 

 .Supplemented by an Artillery Display featuring

the Society’s reproduction firing Light 3 Pounder Cannon

 . A children's participation session in light Drill

and Marching to the Drum.

.The young adults are equipped with quality reproduction

muskets and some soldierly items of uniform

For more details please visit the group on face book

 Crown Forces Page

Taking part in the pirate day

Wardour Garrison.

Wardour Garrison Living History Society

re-creates life as it might have been in England during the Seventeenth Century

The Wardour Garrison's members have the skills to demonstrate  a number of skills and crafts that may represent the types of activity that would have been carried out by

a Wardour Garrison


Most of these will be on display 

The Musket   - The Kitchen and Cooks  - The Pike 

Games  - The Bill   - Children   -Cavalry  - Coiner - Barber

Surgeon  -  Candle Maker  -   Ladies                             

Rope Maker    - Spinners and Knitters  -  Lace Maker    

Officers  - Laundress  -  Woman -   Apothecary

Shot Maker   - Tavern                                 


The Medieval Free Company

The Medieval Free Company is a group of families and individuals who all share a common interest in medieval history. We specialise in the recreation of the lifestyle of a group of mercenaries during the Wars of the Roses period. Our focus is on authentic living history camps & archery with authentic English longbow.

With the Medieval Free Company you can feel the weight of a real sword, hear the whip of the bowstrings as the arrows fly, mark the dexteritity it takes to weave baskets, try your hand at making butter from scratch, test your cunning with the games master and feel the heat from the cook's open fire. We guarantee an immersive, engaging and truly Medieval experience.

 We pride ourselves on our passion for this period of history and the skills and aspects of medieval life that we display. As such we welcome as many questions as you can ask and only hope that you are inspired to learn more about life during the Wars of theRoses as a result of meeting the Medieval Free Company.

Medieval free company

The 304th Panzer grenadier

The 304th Panzergrenadier Living History Group was formed in 2013 and became part of the oldest WW2 re-enactment society in the country, the WW2 Living History Association. From its start our group have striven for a strong command structure and true authenticity in everything that we do and after only a few years the group has gained a reputation for authenticity and a true representation of the German Panzer Grenadier. We’re keen to find and recruit people from around the country who have the same level of commitment to authenticity and to the preservation of WW2 history. 

304th Panzer Grenadier

At Lupton 1940s weekend

No/ 1 Depot Company

 No/ 1 Depot Company living history group recreats the lives of victorian soldiers ( 1890-95 ) as they lived and fought for Queen and country! The Group is based in the south west of England 

No i Depot Company

what a depot company did

Brixham Unit Information 

British Resistance Archive -Churchill's Auxiliary Units

Auxiliary Units were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers prepared to be Britain's last ditch line of defence during World War Two

They operated in a network of cells from hidden  underground bases around the UK

Brixham Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base will be the main display topic when the group attend the event

The unit base site is not far from Lupton House 

Learn more when you chat to them 

You will find them in the main house 


Coleshill House


More about the team in early years

As part of the event we have once again invited local modellers

to bring some of their amazing models along 

These will be on display in the room along side the main house

Look for the signpost  so you don't miss them 

House Displays

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and Persons above .

Please get in touch direct for permissions to use .

We would like to thank the above for allowing us to use their photos and details