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SEALED KNOT Civil War Re-enactment Weekend

Come along to Basing House over the Easter weekend, and enjoy a living history event for all the family as the Sealed Knot re-enacts the siege of Basing House.

If you're looking for some fresh spring air and a little excitement for the whole family (including the dog!), why not make your way to Basing House on Sunday 21st or Monday 22nd of April for the battle display. Additionally, the living history will be on display from 11:00 to 16:30 on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

This is the second of the Sealed Knot 375 anniversary Basing House events. It’s late summer of 1644, following the ill-fated attack on Odiham the Basing garrison have been pursued by Colonel Richard Norton back to Basing House. The garrison now reduced to 175 men with little food and ammunition dangerously low. Norton’s men, mortars and heavy artillery are once again besieging Basing House. With powerful Parliamentary garrisons in Abingdon, Reading and Newbury and the Kings army in the west, Basing was unlikely to be rescued. The only hope is Colonel Gage’s relief column sent from Oxford which will have to covertly make the journey to Basing and defeat Norton’s troops to resupply the Garrison so enabling them to hold out until rescue by the Kings armies.

On Sunday & Monday

The Great barn, Visitors Centre and living history display will be open from 11:00 inside the main house gardens.

At around 14:00 the troops will assemble outside the Millstone Pub, Old Basing.

The Army will move on the Great Barn where a battle may just be about to start at 14:30.

Then, follow the Armies into Basing House for the displays and main battle starting at around 15:00.

Finally at around 16:00 the Armies (those still standing) will return to their camps...

As well as this annual battle re-enactment on the grounds of Basing House, you can enjoy viewing the ruins, walled garden, museum, Tudor barn, Basing Mouse trail for kids and more for the cost of your special event admission (annual ticket not required.)


Pay once, visit all year.*

Enjoy unlimited visits to Basing House. With your ticket you can return to Basing House as many times as you like for a whole year.

  • Family Ticket: £25.00 (up to five people, maximum two adults) (£22.50 advance purchase online)
  • Adult: £9.00 (£8.00 advance purchase online)
  • Child: £6.00 (5-15 years, under 5s go free) (£5.00 advance purchase online)

Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity and we value your donations. If you are a UK taxpayer and choose to Gift Aid when you buy your ticket, we can treat your purchase as a donation. This allows us to claim 25p for every £1.00 spent on your ticket at no extra cost to you. Please Gift Aid your ticket to help support community, heritage and culture in Hampshire. Thank you.

Buy tickets online

The Civil War Action weekend is a special Basing House living history event in partnership with the Sealed Knot Society and tickets are also available to purchase at Basing House on arrival. They are valid for the duration of the weekend, (11:00am on Saturday 20 April to 4:00pm on Monday 22 April), so you can come back to enjoy the battles and skirmishes every day! If you have not purchased your ticket directly from Basing House or the website, you are entitled to upgrade your ticket (at no extra cost) to a "Pay Once, Visit All Year" admission ticket. Please visit the Visitor Centre on arrival. 

Please note that if you are already in possession of a Basing House "Pay Once, Visit All Year" ticket, this can be used to gain admission to the event.

*Excludes some special events which may have an extra charge.

  • Members of the Sealed Knot marching on Basing House


Basing House

Address: Basing House, Barton's Lane, Basingstoke RG24 8AE
Telephone: 01256 463965

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