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Hundreds of soldiers will be battling it out on Battle Abbey’s battlefield 952 years on from the infamous Battle of Hastings of 1066.

The Battle of Hastings re-enactment takes place this weekend (Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14).

The English Heritage event will see thousands of visitors witness over 600 soldiers clash in a remake of what was the most famous battle in history, according to the charity.

Visitors can expect to see re-enactors bringing the 1066 conquest to life as King Harold and his Saxon army take on Duke William and his Norman soldiers in a fight for the English throne.

Diana Evans, Events Manager at English Heritage, said:

“We’re really looking forward to another spectacular year of our Battle of Hastings re-enactment.

“This event is always incredibly popular – it’s the opportunity to relive the most important battle in English history and experience what it would have been like on the battlefield for the Saxon and Norman soldiers.

“With this year’s event coinciding perfectly with the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings (on Sunday, October 14), it will be an extra special way to see history come to life in the place where it happened over 950 years ago.”

Visitors can set foot in the Norman and Saxon encampments to learn about life in an 11th century army and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the battlefield.

A range of displays will take place throughout the day, from medieval music to falconry.

The re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings itself takes place at 3pm on both days of the event.

Families can try their skills with a bow and arrow in the have-a-go archery sessions and young visitors can become warriors themselves in the Children’s Battle of Hastings.

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