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Stonham Barns Park brings history roaring to life with re-enactment weekend




Crowds were treated to a fascinating journey through the ages as part of a two-day historical re-enactment at Stonham Barns Park at the weekend.

Visitors were wowed by thrilling combat displays featuring smoke, clashes of steel and gunpowder in simulated fighting, along with living history encampments.

The weekend festival featured a dizzying geographical and chronological variety of glimpses in to history, with the help of numerous historical re-enactment groups, specialising in Viking warriors, American settlers, German infantry from the Second World War, 12th century Crusaders and more.

Stonham, Suffolk, 27/06/2021..Stonham Barns History Alive re-enactment Day. Pictured is William Parr Japanese culture teacher..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (48636022)
Stonham, Suffolk, 27/06/2021..Stonham Barns History Alive re-enactment Day. Pictured is William Parr Japanese culture teacher..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (48636022)

These groups brought vivid living history experiences to the event, demonstrating everything from Dark Age medicine, tribal food and drink to assorted crafts and skills, along with armour displays, weaponry demonstrations and archery lessons.

Visitors also enjoyed refreshments, period music and entertainment to suit all ages.

Events manager David Sandpearl said: “We’re very pleased with how it went, given the restrictions.

Stonham, Suffolk, 27/06/2021..Stonham Barns History Alive re-enactment Day...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (48636007)
Stonham, Suffolk, 27/06/2021..Stonham Barns History Alive re-enactment Day...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (48636007)

“We had lots of re-enactment groups that set up tents for the whole weekend. The venue was transported back in time for a colourful, educational and entertaining event.

“We mostly had families visiting through the weekend, which is no surprise given that parents and children have spent a lot of time stuck indoors over the past year.

“History Alive provided the perfect family day out and we had good weather, too, which always helps.

“It’s not often that you get to see history through the ages up close in this way, and we really feel that everyone had a great time.”