Sun, 18 Jun|
Battle of the Alamo – Public Day
Enjoy a fun day out with the family and experience living history at its finest with the amazing Remember the Alamo Association. Full scale Battle reenactment with up to 200 reenactors including meet & greets, demonstrations, Children's drills and living history camps —expect loud noises!
Time & Location
18 Jun 2023, 10:00 – 14:30
Abbots Bromley, Goose Ln, Abbots Bromley, Rugeley WS15 3DF, UK
About the event
***Please note this is the public event and NOT the day (Saturday 17th June) dedicated to photographers which can be found elsewhere on the website***
Enjoy a fun day out with the family and experience living history at its finest with the amazing Remember the Alamo Association.
· A full-scale battle including live firing, authentic camps, and civilian life. expect a colourful, explosive display of top-notch re-enactment.
· Two sides of approximately 100 reenactors, beautifully turned out in colourful period costume
· Two authentic living history encampments organised as streets
· One historical surgeon
· Living history encampments open to the public
· Meet the re-enactors and learn their individual stories – find out the difference between Mexicans, Tejanos and Texians. Meet at the circle of flags (each talk lasts five minutes)
· Join in with the Children’s drill – join the Texian Army, enjoy a bit of drill, and attack and try to capture a Mexican cannon (a safe and fun way to experience the thrills of modern-day re-enacting)
Dress up in Mexican uniforms for a professional photo
Demonstration of a period printing press
· Witness demonstrations of military drills and musket firing
· Learn about the history of the Alamo
· Enjoy a full-scale Battle re-enactment
· Refreshments available onsite and at Cobwebs Coffee shop
· Local stall
A flypast from a Hawker Hurricane! Thanks to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (subject to weather & serviceability)
The Remember the Alamo Association grew out of two days of exceptional re-enacting that formed a part of a celebratory weekend marking the 300th anniversary of the Masonic movement in Britain. That anniversary occurred in 2017. Over 750 British, European and American re-enactors took part in the two-day recreation of the thirteen-day siege and battle of the Alamo, and a marvellous time was had by all.
The historic battle of the Alamo culminated in a surprise dawn assault on a rebel Texan and Tejano garrison holed up in the old, rundown Catholic mission of San Antonio de Valero, on the edge of the small Mexican town of San Antonio de Bexar in Texas. The assault took place in the early hours of 13th March, 1836. The attackers were soldiers of the Mexican army led by the infamous Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The battle has gone down in American history as one of the most memorable of all time and has spawned many films, including John Wayne’s spectacular movie The Alamo. Twelve Englishmen, four Scotsmen, a Welshman and twelve Irishmen fought and died at the Alamo and the Mexican army that fought bravely against them used British weapons. Is it any wonder then that British re-enactors and living history enthusiasts wish to tell this story. It is a good story, rich in colour and full of unforgettable characters, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.
Battle of the Alamo Public Day – FAQ’s
1. Can we bring dogs onto the site?
a. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome, but please remember it may be hot and there will be cannon and musket firing, so your dog must be tolerant of loud noises.
2. Will there be food and drink available?
a. Yes, there will be a BBQ and Ice Cream van in the field and Cobwebs coffee shop just a short distance from the field has a range of street food, pizza, drinks and cakes available
3. Can we bring camping chairs and beach shelters?
a. Yes, there will be no seating in the field, so please feel free to bring your own chairs and beach shelters but please do not set these up close to the arena line as it will obstruct the view of others.
4. Can we bring our own picnic?
a. Yes, but no BBQ’s or fires please
5. Is there plenty of parking?
a. Yes, there is a large car park in the field opposite the event field and a small area for disabled parking within the event field itself
6. Can we buy tickets on the day?
a. Yes, we will take cash and card but buying in advance will save time on entry so we urge you to book online (https://www.chappersphotography.co.uk/event-details/battle-of-the-alamo-public-day) or get your tickets at Cobwebs before the day of the event.
7. Can we view the event on Saturday?
a. Saturday is an exclusive photography day and there will be no access to the public, but if you are a keen photographer you can purchase a photographers pass here - https://www.chappersphotography.co.uk/event-details/battle-of-the-alamo-full-scale-re-enactment-photography-workshop
8. Can we return to the event if we leave the site?
a. Yes, you will be given a wrist band, as long as you have this you can come back in at any time
9. Can we smoke or vape on site?
a. No, there is strictly no smoking or vaping on the event field or car park field, please exit the event and smoke on the public lane.
10. Can we use a drone during the event?
a. No, as there is a scheduled flypast and an airfield near by drones are not permitted at the event
11. Are there toilets onsite?
a. Yes, we have several port-a-loos in the field and there is a toilet at the coffee shop
12. What time does the event start and finish?
a. The event opens at 10am and finishes at 15.45
13. What time is the main battle and flypast?
a. Event timings will be published on facebook page (subject to change) and you will be given a detailed timetable on the day
14. Where is the event located?
a. The event field can be found on Yeatsall Lane – which is just off the main Rugeley road on your right, shortly after crossing the reservoir if you are coming from the Rugeley direction. You can also access Yeatsall Lane from Abbots Bromley High Street via taking Goose lane (signed posted to the Police Station) and turning right at the top of the hill. Please take care and note that this is a single-track lane with passing places and there will be quite a few vehicles arriving at the same time on Saturday in addition to the normal traffic.
The nearest postcode is WS15 3DE but this will not take your there exactly –you arrive on site, please follow the signs
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Adult Ticket£5.00+£0.13 service fee
Child Ticket (aged 3-16)£3.00+£0.08 service fee