Gala Weekend

Scarecrows & Soldiers Weekend

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2013 11am – 5pm


Soldiers re-enact army life in 1750’s

To see Photos of the weekend: Click here

Sevenoaks Chronicle Report 8-9-13: Click here

Sevenoaks Chronicle Photos 8-9-13: Click here

Photos from 2012: Click here

Timetable of Events


11am – 5pm King George V Field, Fair Open all day, New France Old England Living History Camp, Scarecrows everywhere!

11.30am – 3pm ‘No Strings Attached’ – 6 vocalists known in Westerham as ‘The Beamers’ King George V Field

12.30pm New France Old England’s Re-enactor soldiers ‘show & tell’ King George V Field

1pm – 5pm Quebec House Georgian Maps & Cooking

3pm New France Old England Battle Re-Enactment King George V Field

7pm Solo guitarist Andy White in The Sports Association


11am – 5pm King George V Field, Fair Open, New France Old England Living History Camp, Scarecrows everywhere!

12 – 5pm Rampant Rooster Morris Dancers through town

12.30pm New France Old England’s Re-enactor soldiers ‘show & tell’ King George V Field

1pm – 5pm Quebec House Georgian Maps & Cooking

3pm New France Old England Battle Re-Enactment King George V Field

3.30 – 7pm Paul Metcalfe, returning by popular demand with his Rod Stewart/Sting Tribute. King George V Field

Living History Camp

Come and join us in the north-east corner of the King George’s Field, as we learn about what it would be like to be a soldier during the Seven Years’ war (1756 – 1763), what you would have worn, where you would have slept, the food you would have eaten and even the types of games you would have played. The Living History Camp will be open 11am -5pm, except during the battle re-enactment, when the camp will be part of the demonstration, so will be roped off.

For Historical notes on Who’s Who in 1759 click here

Quebec House

In the afternoons 1pm – 5pm, join our eighteenth century surveyor as he explains how the British got to Quebec down the treacherous St Lawrence River. Taste the food that Wolfe and his men would have eaten at home and abroad, as we re-create some Georgian recipes in our kitchen, including traditional Georgian bread, made with beer yeast from our local Westerham brewery.

Normal charges apply for entry into Quebec House, although the garden is free entry. 

Live Battle Re-enactments

Demonstrating the weaponry, tactics and battle formations used during the Seven Years’ war. At 3pm on both days, watch as the camp is defended against a French skirmish. This will last about half an hour on King George V Field.

At 12.30pm the Re-enactors will ‘show and tell’ for about half an hour: get close up to the uniforms and weapons, ask questions, and share the soldiers’ lives.


There will be a lovely Fair on King George V Field, which will comprise a combination of traditional attractions such as tombola, raffle, goal shoot, bouncy castle and spin the ship together with a wonderful mix of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts such as jewellery, accessories, creams and olive oils.  Local clubs and societies will also be showcasing their activities.

There will also be a ‘health and wellbeing’ area so an opportunity to treat yourself to a mini massage or a quick file and polish. For the younger ones there will be face painting and glitter tattoos.  Bouncy Castle, teacups and Bungee run, too!


During Saturday, the Field will be entertained by “No Strings Attached” a group of six singers who have visited Westerham events in the past as “The Beamers”. They will be singing from 11.30 am so turn up early!

Saturday night, fantastic solo guitarist Andy White will take centre stage in the Westerham Sports Association.

On Sunday afternoon, Rampant Rooster Morris Dancers will perform through the town – and on the Playing Fields, we will be rocking with live music on King George V Field, from Paul Metcalfe, returning by popular demand with his Rod Stewart/Sting Tribute.


Follow the trail to find the Soldiers! Residents, Retailers and Businesses team up with local groups, clubs and societies to decorate the town and join in the fun! No theme this year, take this opportunity just to have some fun, or showcase your group – let’s show the best Westerham has to offer! We’re still short of scarecrows in the churchyard, where we’re trying to encourage footfall between the town and the King George’s Field – please write in if you are able to help! (No ghosts or ghouls by request of the Vicar, please).

‘Ello, ‘Ello, ‘Ello What’s going on in Westerham? Sneak preview of 2013’s characters: PC Wester Ham watching over the Croydon Road, and Kim Jennings of the Retailers’ Association with General Wolfe and friends!

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