Joining us is easy. Go to our contacts page and fill in the form, however before you do I will give you some more information on what you can expect once your application has been processed.

Once you have joined you will need to choose what events to attend. The campainging season generally runs from easter through to late september. During this time most of the societie's major events and battles take place. Then during the closed season members stay in touch through local events and meetings which are usually company based such as banquets, drills, skittles and social gatherings.

 

 

 

 

Depending on your role you will at first be expected to provide things like footwear such as desert boots, thick socks and a shirt or chemise.

Weapons and basic uniform will usually be supplied by the company for your first few outings although you will be expected to obtain your own kit once you've been bitten by the bug.

Don't worry the company will help you to purchase your equipment, either second hand or through their recommended stockists.( By recommended we mean anyone who will provide a free beer)

 

 

 

Once you are a member you will be sent a bi monthly society magazine called 'Orders of the Day'. This will give you full details on what is going on and where. Also with a round up of whats happening with society both in the historical scene and the social scene.

The company also issues their own newsletter that keeps you upto date with local events and meetings, especially important during the winter months when the fighting season comes to a halt.

 

 

 

When arriving at any Sealed Knot campsite you will need to produce your membership card to a gate guard. He will point you to your regimental camping area where you will find your company encamped. Both Parliamentarian and Royalist armies share the same campsite however areas are usually designated to allow regiments and companys to camp together.

The campsite usually consists of the toilet blocks, traders row ( Supplying uniforms and equipment) and the obligatory Beer tent with associated burger stalls and general caterers. These vary in size depending on the size of the event.

At this point many members will leave the 20th century behind and get into their 17th century clothing although this isn't obligatory.

Usually over the weekend there will be 2 main battles fought in the afternoon on the Saturday and Sunday or Sunday/ Monday for bank holidays. Prior to your first battle you will be given full drill and training depending on your chosen role. Profficency tests are required for some disciplines such as muskets and swords to maintain safety.

Officers will brief you at any event on the specific timings eg drill and form up times. Outside of these times you're free to do whatever you want although your not forced to join in the battle if you do not wish too, the choice is yours.

Evenings are usually spent in the local hostelries and towns or onsite in the beer tent and most companies will have small social gatherings. Radley's have a post battle tradition/ritual of tea and battle cake after a couple of hours of Roundhead bashing to bring us back down to earth. Additionaly the Radleys evening centres aroiund their Gin Palace which encourages various versions of period songs that slowly degenerate over the evening.

You must be sixteen or over to take part in the battles.

There isn't a lower age limit to joining, and coming along for the weekend and we have many family members who bring along their children as the campsite is very a child friendly and social environment.

There is a corps of apprentices for those under 16 who shown how to drill and pratice battle manoeveres.Many of our older members came through the corps and are now bringing their own children to events.

Many children also take part in non battle activities such as living history displays and parades.