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Monarchs – Charles II

At the court of the 'Merry Monarch'
24th August - 10:00 am - 26th August - 5:00 pm
Free

This bank holiday weekend join us at the court of King Charles II and meet the ‘Merry Monarch’.

It’s 1667. Plague, fire and war have beset Charles’ kingdom, and now the not-so-Merry Monarch is reviewing his Armoury. Can William Legge, the Master of the Armoury, convince the King that all will be well if the Dutch return? Will you be able to cheer up the ruler of the Restoration? Come find out…

Nickname: The ‘Merry Monarch’
Lived: 1630 – 1685
Reigned: 1660 – 1685
Ruled: England, Scotland, and Ireland

Son of a deposed king, on his return from exile after the bloody British Civil Wars he established a lively, hedonistic court in stark contrast to Oliver Cromwell’s puritanical era.

In honour of the King’s visit, there will be an action-packed programme of events and activities. See the full daily schedule below.

Cavalcade for a king horse shows

Join the court of the Merry Monarch for a thrilling demonstration of sport, spectacle and speed as his flamboyant Life Guard drill, dress and race for the King’s pleasure. Will you stake your savings on a spirited steed, set your cap at a stately trooper, or simply sit spellbound by the display of Spanish dressage?

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Daily programme for

10.45 am – 11.15 am
Mini monarchs: Storytelling
Discover more about kings and queens in our interactive storytelling session, specially designed for the under 5s.

11 am
Meet the monarch: An audience with the king           
Recently restored monarch, Charles II, and his consort Nell Gwynn, will grant you an audience as they meet with William Legge, Master of the Royal Armouries.

12 noon – 3 pm
Mini monarchs: Royal crafts

Explore the world of Kings and Queens and get hands on in our craft session.
Suitable for ages 3+ with parental supervision

12 noon
Horse show: Cavalcade for a king

Join the court of the Merry Monarch for a thrilling thirty minutes of sport, spectacle and speed as his flamboyant Life Guard drill, dress and race for the King’s pleasure.

1 pm
English Civil Wars: The battle of Worcester 1651
Hear how Charles II fared at the battle of Worcester and of his adventurous flight into exile in France.

1.30 pm
Combat: The principles of the art militarie
Join William Legge, Master of the Royal Armouries, as he demonstrates and instructs drill with musket and pike. Please be aware that this show includes loud bangs

2 pm
Combat: The sovereign and the sword 1658
Learn how the deadly art of sword duelling flourished amongst the courtiers of the exiled Charles II.

3 pm
Horse-show: Cavalcade for a king
Join the court of the ‘Merry Monarch’ for a thrilling thirty minutes of sport, spectacle and speed as his flamboyant Life Guard drill, dress and race for the King’s pleasure.

4 pm
English Civil Wars: Royalists, rebels and restoration 1642-88
Learn about the weapons and warfare of England’s deadliest internal conflict.

 


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