When the English Civil War broke out in 1642, England was divided between the Royalist - and often Catholic - supporters of King Charles I and those who favoured a more powerful Parliament, mainly Protestants.
At this time, Basing House was owned by John Paulet, the fifth Marquess of Winchester. He lived up to his family motto, Aymez Loyaulte, (Love Loyalty) and supported the king.
Basing House was attacked by Parliamentary troops on three occasions. The final assault came in August 1645 when 800 men took up position around the walls. The garrison held out, despite further reinforcements to the attacking force, until Oliver Cromwell himself arrived with heavy artillery. By 13 October 1645 the walls of the house had been breached.
Join us for a weekend of Civil War living history when re-enactors from the Sealed Knot society join us to interpret the site from Sat 31 March - Mon 2 April (Easter weekend). Experience the civil war skirmish and marching on the Sunday 1 and Mon 2 April 2018.
Saturday 31 March
Living history open from 11.00am
See the Sealed Knot Society in action at the following times on Sunday 01 & Monday 02 April:
2.00pm - Armies assemble at the Bartons Mill Pub, adjacent to the Basing House Car Park
2.30pm - Armies March off towards Basing House Visitor centre
2.45pm - Skirmish by the Great Barn
3.00pm - First assault on the Battle field (ruins side of site)
3.15 - 4:00pm - Main battle
4:00pm - Armies return to their camps
All day - Children can enjoy our Basing Mouse trail which you can pick up on arrival from the admission desk.
Refreshments, including hot drinks, cakes and snacks, will be available to purchase in the Great Barn, where a bar will also be open.
Event open 11am - 5pm, Sat 31 March - Mon 2 April 2018.
Please be aware that there can be loud bangs during the skirmish at Basing House so if you're visiting with anyone with a sensitive disposition/small children please make them aware of this before visiting.
The Civil War Action weekend is a special Basing House living history event in partnership with the Sealed Knot Society and is subject to separate admission charges.
Tickets are available to purchase online or at Basing House on arrival. They are valid for the duration of the weekend, from 11:00am on Saturday 31 March to 5:00pm on Monday 2 April, so you can come back to enjoy the battles and skirmishes every day!
Please note that the Basing House Pay Once, Visit All Year ticket cannot be used to gain admission to the event or the site. Special event tickets are valid for the specified dates only and cannot be transferred to any other dates or converted to a Basing House Pay Once, Visit All Year ticket.