Napoleonic soldiers will once again be defending the English coast against French soldiers, as part of the Jaywick Martello Tower living history and skirmish event.
The event will see the Tower transformed into an 18th century Napoleonic soldiers’ camp and battle field. The public will be able to follow the 95th rifles and other Napoleonic regiments as they prepare and guard against the possibility of a French invasion.
The free event, from Essex County Council, will start at 10am and end at 5pm on Saturday, 14 May, and at 10am and end at 4pm on Sunday, 15 May 2016.
Visitors will be able to chat with the soldiers and meet some of the interesting characters of the Napoleonic war. They will be able to experience life in the camp and see how they cooked and lived with their families while living on constant alert. Soldiers will also be stationed in the fortress that defined coastal defence, from the beginning of the French Wars in 1794 to the end at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “This is such an exciting opportunity to travel back in time and to experience what life was like for a Napoleonic soldier. Families will be able to have a great day out walking around the camp while getting involved in camp activities at the historic Martello Tower.”
This dominating structure provided coastal defence, with others, along the Essex Coast in the early 1800s, and so offers the perfect chance to experience life as a Napoleonic soldier.
The showpiece of the event will be an invasion from a French force, and the ensuing battle between the defending British and attacking French soldiers, an insight into what really would have happened if the French had landed on the English shore.
In addition, other attractions will include stalls, refreshments, games and family fun activities.
The nearest car park is situated on the sea front at St Osyth Beach, Essex, CO16 8TB and is a five minute walk along the sea wall from the Tower.