The Great War event this weekend at the Folly

Published on 28th August 2018

The great war society at a re-enactment camp

Living history family friendly event Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September at The Folly, Swindon Road.

With a host of family friendly fun, light refreshments, WW1 era games, a chance to try on a ‘Tommy hat’ and treasure hunt, residents and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and make a day of it at The Folly, Swindon Road this weekend.

As part of the Cheltenham Remembers centenary commemoration, the free entry living history event has been created for Cheltenham Remembers by St Peter’s & The Moors Big Local in partnership with The Great War Society.

The event will focus on the impact the war had on St Peter’s and the Moors community and discover more about what camp life was like during WW1. There will be demonstrations taking place at 11am and 2pm both days providing a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the history of this period.

Visitors will be also be able to learn more about the First World War uniforms, handle historic weapons, play traditional games including a coconut shy, treasure hunt and a variety of children’s games as well as talk to the re-enactors, who will remain in character throughout.

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles said: “I’m delighted to see our community partners embracing the centenary celebration and am thankful to St Peter’s and The Moors (SPTM) Big Local, University of Gloucestershire and The Great War Society for showcasing what is set to be a spectacular living history weekend event.”

David Manohar, SPTM Big Local Chair and local resident said: “St Peter’s and The Moors (SPTM) Big Local is delighted to host this unique re-enactment event presented by The Great War Society. The free, public event provides an opportunity to experience an aspect of soldier life in WW1. We welcome families to bring a picnic and enjoy the extra activities planned over the weekend. I would like to thank the support we have received from our partners, in particular the University of Gloucestershire who kindly offered The Folly, 280 Swindon Road, which is a fantastic venue for such an event.”

The site opens 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday and entry is free. Limited on street parking will be available. Those travelling by bus will find numbers 41, 42 and B are the closest bus routes with a short walk to the Folly.

A new exhibition will also be launching on Tuesday 28 August at the Hardwick Gallery, St Paul’s Road. The exhibition has been created by SPTM Big Local for Cheltenham Remembers and will explore the impact the First World War had on the St Peter’s & The Moors community. Find out about the story of Queen Street, learn more about the men listed on St Peter’s War memorial and how WW1 affected the local area. The exhibition will open 12noon – 4pm daily from 28 August to 2 September.

For media enquiries contact: Jemima Lawson communications officer 01242 264 332 or email

Notes to editors:

Photo opportunities are available on the day

The Cheltenham Remembers project is a yearlong programme of events and activities designed to commemorate  the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that signalled the end of World War 1, and to say ‘Thank You’ to the men and women of the First World War who gave so much, asked so little and helped to shape our world as we know it today.

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