Pendennis Castle blasts visitors through history this Bank Holiday weekend


Falmouth is all set for an explosive Bank Holiday weekend at Pendennis Castle stages 'An Explosion of History.'

The wait is finally over for an English Heritage event that will truly blow your socks off...

Pendennis Castle’s ‘An Explosion of History’ takes place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August from 11am and is set to spark the imagination of the whole family as they are taken on a journey through time.

Having defended the Cornish Coast for over 400 years, the castle’s vivid history will be brought to life in a display which will create a truly explosive atmosphere.

The sights, sounds and smells of battle will fill the air during a comprehensive exhibition by ‘The Star Gun Company’, ‘Number 1 Depot’ and ‘The Garrison’ as they demonstrate four centuries of working weaponry from guns through to large cannons.

Visitors will be able to see Tudor guns fired plus a ‘field gun display’ where the First World War 18 pounder, Second World War 25 pounder and the mighty American ‘Long Tom’ will be showcased.

Fired Up

For those eager to get hands on with history, experts from ‘History Squad’ will be available to offer younger visitors lessons in defensive drills, and to teach young and old alike how to load and fire mock cannons, just like the foot soldiers of the Tudor and Victorian periods.

Charlie Evans, English Heritage Events Manager for the West, said: 'An Explosion of History is the first event of its kind and we’re excited to be hosting this new event at Pendennis for our visitors this year.

'There is such a wide variety of things to see and do during this great event, from roaming the Tudor, Victorian and Second World War living history encampments and meeting typical towns folk, to handling authentic pieces of artillery.

'Camp life, and its various hardships will be brought to life in so many ways, even down to the challenge of catering for the soldiers in a Second World War field kitchen! We hope our visitors will get all fired up and really embrace this blast from the past.

'We have an incredible array of firearms that will be on display and used in spectacular demonstrations showcasing their use through history, offering a day of excitement that I’d urge people to come and experience.

'It will definitely be an event the whole family can enjoy and take part in.'

For those in Falmouth, keep a careful watch on the castle when it gets dark on Saturday, August 25.

English Heritage 'hope' that a searchlight will shine, probably for the first time since the Second Wold War, keep your fingers crossed!