Reenactment soldiers

War at Rosliston Forestry Centre

One of the great things about living in the middle of The National Forest as I do is access to all sorts of forest parks, woods, and various other outdoor activities, and there are plenty of events that occur at these places, particularly through spring and summer. Among these is Rosliston Forestry Centre, which you may remember is where I tried some falconry a while ago. I took young Xander there this morning for a walk with Berta, and we did come across a few odd activities. However, one of the things that you do not expect to stumble upon is War at Rosliston Forestry Centre…

We were enjoying walking along by the lake and through the trees, as Berta was exploring.

The lake at Rosliston Forest

The lake at Rosliston Forest

Berta even stopped just after crossing the bridge to have a drink from the lake.

Berta drinks from the lake at Rosliston Forest

It was then, through the tress, that we spotted some tents in a clearing in the forest.

Rosliston Forest

Rosliston Forest

On closer inspection, it seemed that the people with these tents were not dressed in the most modern and trendy of clothing. Had we arrived in an outdoor production of Les Miserables? Or, given the military style of clothing, was there War at Rosliston Forestry Centre?

A Historical Re-Enactment at Rosliston Forest

A Historical Re-Enactment at Rosliston Forest

A Historical Re-Enactment at Rosliston Forest

A Historical Re-Enactment at Rosliston Forest

Even the modes of transport seemed somewhat rustic…

A Historical Re-Enactment at Rosliston Forest

In a way, there was a war on; this was a historical re-enactment of the British and the French fighting in the Americas. There were people in period dress and uniform all over the park.

A Historical Re-Enactment at Rosliston Forest

Berta decided to take cover and watch from a distance, hiding in a thicket of nettles in the midst of the trees.

Rosliston Forest

She was not, however, the only non-human watching the proceedings.

An Owl at Rosliston Forest

Those involved were performing a march through the picnic area at lunchtime, followed by a skirmish in the afternoon. However, Xander’s lunch was higher on our priority list, and we needed to head home to arrange that. It was great, though, not just to see that the event had been organised, but to see that the centre seemed quite busy with people who had come to watch it. I will watch out for the next War at Rosliston Forestry Centre….

5 thoughts on “War at Rosliston Forestry Centre

  1. Wow. You had very interesting morning. I want to ask… Who is the Xander because I don’t understand.

    Oh! It is beautiful photos! 🙂

  2. Ah yes, good point! Xander is my son, who was with me too. He is in my profile picture… 🙂

  3. Ah! I’m sorry, I didn’t not know his name before. Now I get it. Very cool! Did he enjoyed this trip?

  4. Ah, yes thank you! He liked being out in the sunshine and seeing the soldiers and the birds. He has been in the garden this afternoon, and the sun is still shining. He’s excited now that the Canadian Grand Prix is about to start. 🙂