Publicity photo - soldiers on horseback in parade on High Street (1)

The town is gearing up for one its busiest days of the year later this month when The Battle of Nantwich re-enactment takes place, writes Jonathan White.

This year the “Holly Holy Day” event takes place on Saturday January 27 in and around Nantwich town centre and on Mill Island.

The Sealed Knot’s faithful troops will gather in the historic town to re-enact the battle that took place in 1644, marking the end of the siege of the town during the English Civil War.

A variety of activities will take place during the day at St Mary’s Church, Acton; St Mary’s Church, Nantwich; Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street; and the town square, along with a parade and the battle re-enactment on Mill Island.

There will be live entertainment around town including Morris Dancers, Musket, Drum & Pike demonstrations, and tours of St Mary’s Church, Nantwich plus a talk about “The Other Battle of Nantwich” at 11:30am.

Publicity photo - - musketeers in parade down High Street

Nantwich Museum on Pillory Street has Civil War guided walking tours (1.5 hours duration) from the museum at 10:15am and 12pm.

Tickets £6, children free (members £5). Music with 17th century musicians Forlorne Hope 12pm-1pm.

Children’s activities between 10am-3pm. Battlefield model and Battle of Nantwich exhibition.

The parade of hundreds of Sealed Knot troops leaves Malbank School at 12:45pm and travels along Welsh Row to arrive in the town centre at 1pm.

The wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial on the town square at 1:15pm will commemorate the people who died in the Civil War Battle of Nantwich and other battles.

Publicity photo - troops march past St Marys Church en route to Mill Island (1)

There will be a troop inspection at 1:30pm before the Sealed Knot troops parade to Mill Island to re-enact the 1644 battle.

Jo Lowry, Chairperson, Holly Holy Day committee, said: “The Battle of Nantwich is the first of Nantwich’s annual events and the small committee of volunteers who organise it are proud to promote our fabulous town and start the year with a bang!

“We are very grateful for everyone’s support including our volunteers, sponsors, Wych-Malbank Rotary, Air Cadets and of course the Sealed Knot.”

Publicity photo - musketeers shoot on Mill Island (1)

Spectators are welcome onto Mill Island from 1.45pm.

Cost = £5 for adults, £2 for children (5 to 15 years), £4 for concessions and £10 family of 4.

Volunteers are welcome to help with marshalling on the day.

Tasks include helping with set up, traffic control on Welsh Row, directing public and crowd control, selling wristbands, assisting with take down, and litter picking on Mill Island.

Anyone interested can email [email protected]

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Publicity photo - opposing Pikemen clash on Mill Island (1)


  1. It’s the same as everything else that becomes popular in Nantwich. Some greedy sod wants to make money out of it !!

  2. Tom Edwards says:

    All battles are tragic, in 1644 it would sadly be a way of life along with all the other hardships endured by regular folk. I do take the view that it should be seen as a memorial to all those wars, and to commemorate the day, although I feel Jo Lowry needs to temper her narrative of the event, its should not be seen as a fun day out, but more of a reflection of the past together with the proud history of the town, dont be tempted to dumb it down

  3. Dabber Dave says:

    They’re now charging to go on mill island to watch it? When I lived in Nantwich it was always free, when did they start charging? Can’t imagine many will pay as it was pretty boring years ago to be fair.

  4. Wot?? I can’t watch it for free outside pub ???

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