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Battle for Berry Head, English Riviera, Devon

PUBLISHED: 21:03 08 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:31 20 February 2013

Battle for Berry Head, English Riviera, Devon

Battle for Berry Head, English Riviera, Devon

The Battle for Berry Head on Devon's English Riviera on 6 - 7 August 2011 is a colourful and dramatic weekend of siege, battle, music, noise, uniforms and entertainment.

The Battle for Berry Head on Devon's English Riviera on 6 - 7 August 2011 is a colourful and dramatic weekend of siege, battle, music, noise, uniforms and entertainment.

The Battle for Berry Head in August is a fundraising event in aid of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. This free event is expected to attract in the region of 3000 people over two days to Berry Head and Brixham. A Beer Tent will be run by Bays Brewery along with food supplied from the Guard House caf including a Hog Roast.

The two days will follow a similar format, with the encampment being set up on the Friday prior to the event. Visitors will be able to visit the military encampment, home to approx 150 soldiers and camp followers and experience life under canvas in the 19th century in authentic red and white striped ridge tents within the dramatic setting of some of the best-preserved Napoleonic forts in the country at Berry Head.

Drills will take place throughout the day and children will be encouraged, or 'press-ganged', to drill and march, dressing up in uniforms supplied by Brixham Museum. Rousing military music will be supplied by the regiments bands. Public interaction with the soldiers, who remain in character throughout the weekend, will be encouraged. The Trusts Education Team will be running 19th Century themed childrens activities during the event.

Following a number of skirmishes, the highlight of each day will be the storming of the besieged French army barricaded into the Southern Fort with commentary provided by the Napoleonic Association. This will be a highly-visual and noisy clash with the air full of the smell of gunpowder, ear-splitting cannon and musket firing and the rallying war cries. Following several assaults on the besieged Southern Fort, protected by barricades and gun emplacements, the British Army will haul down the French tricolour and hoist the Union flag to signify victory.

Both days are free, although car parking is 5 each day. The event will go on whatever the weather! For more information about the event and the Trust visit, www.countryside-trust.org.uk.



The event is supported by the English Riviera Tourism Company. For more about where to stay and what to do visit the English Riviera Tourism Company website here.

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