Grand Historical Bazaar

"Show me a re-enactor and I'll show you someone with loads of stuff to sell or swap" (Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1759). Okay, not really!

Our 3rd annual multi-period bring and buy sale for re-enactors and historical enthusiasts*

at Wimpole Hall - set up a stall, browse or just visit (preferably in period clothing, although not compulsory!)and enjoy American Civil War
and other living history - all set within the historic parkland of Wimpole Hall, with restaurant, shops, loos and stall holders' overnight camping.
Over 40 stalls and 4000+ visitors estimated, lots of interesting things to browse and buy, and living history displays to enjoy. (1)

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW

On the A603 near the M11, 6 miles North of Royston and 8 miles South West of Cambridge.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2011, 11am to 5pm  

Free visitor admission to the bazaar and nearby estate grounds including shops, facilities and restaurant. Admission charge to the hall, gardens and rare breeds farm. Admission fee applies to living history and gardens, free to National Trust members and re-enactors in period clothing. £2 per car parking charge (2), National Trust members free parking and admission.  All visitors welcome, particularly if in period uniform or clothing (3).

Organised in conjunction with The National Trust.  Supported by Skirmish Magazine.  
Bazaar inquires: 01509 815645. National Trust general enquiries: 01223 206000.

The Wimpole Hall Grand Historical Bazaar is a fantastic chance for re-enactors and living history enthusiasts of all eras to empty out those cupboards full of spare no longer needed uniforms, weaponry, equipment, antiques, model soldiers & figures, militaria, pictures & prints, postcards, books, DVDs, videos, games and the like - indeed, anything historical or historically themed and sell or swap them with fellow re-enactors (and over 4,000 other visitors) at this picturesque venue with excellent facilities.

Come in period kit, set up your stall (period tent or modern gazebo, no car boots - see below!), and enjoy this start of season social occasion, perhaps taking time to browse the other stalls (and picking up some great bargains!)  Professional historical traders are also most welcome.

Beating out the winter cobwebs: Re-enactment and living history groups are invited to come and set up camp for a recruitment and training weekend. (4). A PA system and arena area will be available.  Please contact us to book or for more details. Pre-booked participants will be sent appropriate pre-event information before the weekend. If you are interested in taking part, please see our terms and conditions for participation.

*Please note if you are a trader or car booter (as we have received enquiries from both): This is not a traditional antiques, bric-a brac market or car boot sale. It is primarily orientated towards re-enactors and living history enthusiasts (mainly those who wear period clothing as part of their hobby). Whilst historical traders ie those who professionally or semi-professionally trade in re-enactor and living history-orientated items are warmly invited, general car booters and antique/general professional dealers are not, so as to keep the event within its remit and objectives. Relatively high standards of presentation are required (second nature for most re-enactors) and for instance vehicles will not be permitted to be parked behind stalls. We reserve the right to decline participation by anyone who we deem inappropriate, and emphasise this here as we do not wish to disappoint anybody on arrival. Thank you. Please see our terms and conditions for participation.

Pitch details

Pitch fees are deliberated extremely modest and affordable. Grass pitches are square, size plus guy lines for a tent. 1 tent per pitch.  Tables (these could be modern style), rugs/cloths and period tents or modern gazebos only, no modern tentage or vehicles (located in the modern camp or parking area) - all to ensure an attractive looking event.  Stall holders are asked to wear period clothing or uniform. Maximum of two adults per stall on a 12 foot stall, 3 on a 20 foot stall.  Please bring your own tables and chairs.

We invite stall holders to set up a period tent as part of/behind their pitch/stall. Modern tents or non-period vehicles are not permitted on a pitch (non-period vehicles allowed for unloading/loading only). Modern gazebos are however permitted.

We define Traders as the professional or semi-professional stall holders that regularly sell historical or historic-themed goods at historical events. We do not accept bookings from other traders (or caterers) for this event, for example general or antiques dealers.
If you require more space you may book an additional pitch.

It's easy to book! Click here for secure on line booking. Or download a "paper" booking form to send in.

Or send an SAE for a paper booking form to EventPlan Limited (WB), 1 King Street, Seagrave, Leicestershire LE12 7LY.

Please note that fees are non-refundable, as they form part of the event expenditure budget.

Overnight camping (Friday to Sunday)

Available to registered stall holders and living history groups (only), free of charge. Passes will be issued.

Timetable of displays and activities

11.00 Bazaar opens, ongoing living history commences

Noon Medieval display by Re-enacting Ancient Times Society & Crusade! Draum Broedr.
12.30 Ealdfaeder presenting a dark age slave market

1.00 Albini Household (Medieval arms, armour and combat)

1.30 Interval

2.30 Medieval display by Re-enacting Ancient Times Society & Crusade! Draum Broedr

3.00 Ealdfaeder presenting a dark age spear dance

3.30 Albini Household

5.00 Bazaar and Living history close

Plus ongoing living history by the above groups and The Southern Skirmish Association (American Civil War era), David Clark (1940s Riley motor car with navigational memorabilia), Nigel Wilkes (WWII Sherwood Forester Daimler Dingo & bell tent), WWII Soviet impressions by Many Fronts Living history*, plus 1940s Home Fronters Forties Forte and Teatime Toones*. With the Royal Ulster Rifles (WWII – Sunday only).
*possibly one day only


Stall holders are responsible for the security of their stall and possessions. However, National Trust and EventPlan staff will be patrolling daytime. The grounds of Wimpole Hall are open at all times so dog walkers and a few others may walk through out of hours. Although problems are extremely rare, we recommend that you lock up valuable items and put away items for sale overnight.

Event times

Arrival: Follow the signed roadway towards the main entrance, then go straight on via a double iron gate for access to the bazaar. Don't attempt to set up until you have checked in, as if in the wrong spot you may have to move.

Friday arrival/set up Noon to 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday arrival/set up 8am to 9.30am. Do not set up any earlier than this or you may well be required to move. Park staff require all vehicles to move to the designated parking area by 10.00am. Late arrivals must park in the visitor car park & carry items for sale to their pitch (the visitor parking fee applies). (1)

Event times 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Vehicles allowed back at stalls from 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

A £2 parking fee (payable to the National Trust) applies to visitor vehicles at all times, and stall holders arriving after 9.30am. (1)


(1) Overnight camping and parking is for registered stall holders and for pre-registered living history displays only (sorry, we don't have room for everyone, its not Kirby Hall!). Passes will be issued.  Sorry, no visitor camping.

(2) Does not apply to stall holders or pre-registered living history groups who arrive prior to 9.30am Saturday or the same time Sunday.

(3) Certain exceptions apply eg Nazi party or SS related kit/items or re-enactors. No non-historical items for sale.

(4) Participants staging living history and/or combat displays must as usual be suitably covered by public liability insurance and must bring proof of this. Arena times can be booked in advance or on the day subject to prior bookings. Please note that there are no overnight black powder storage arrangements in place so if you want to bring/use powder, it must be on a daily basis only.

(5) These may be positioned in a separate area for presentation reasons.

Other conditions:

Please ensure that you read, note and adhere to our conditions of participation.

Visiting magnificent Wimpole Hall

Wimpole Hall is a major National Trust property with its superb Georgian house, forming part of the grandest working estate in Cambridgeshire. It includes extremely attractive parkland and a working rare breeds farm. Facilities include a National Trust shop, farm shop, toyshop, second-hand bookshop, licensed Old Rectory restaurant with children's menu, Stable Kitchen in the stable block and baby changing facilities.

How to get there

The hall is situated on the A603 near the M11, 6 miles North of Royston and 8 miles South West of Cambridge.

From the South: leave the M1(M) at Baldock and take the A505 NW to Royston (keep on the A505, don't enter the town). Take the A1198 N towards Huntingdon and then the A603 going NE towards Cambridge. Wimpole Hall is on the left a little further on.

From the West: Take the A428 East from the A1 at St. Neots.  At the junction with the A1198 towards Royston. Turn left at the junction with the A603 and B1042 and Wimpole Hall is on the left a little further on.

From the East: from the A14/M11 Junction 14 take the M11 South to Junction 12. Wimpole Hall is on the right just after the village of Orwell.

From the North: From M11 Junction 12 take the A603 SW. Wimpole Hall is on the right just after the village of Orwell. OR From the A14 at Godmanchester, adjacent to Huntingdon, take the A1198 SE towards Royston. Turn left at the junction with the A603 and B1042 and Wimpole Hall is on the left a little further on.

Free admission to the estate grounds including shops, facilities and restaurant. Admission charge to the hall, rare breeds farm and certain parts of the estate. £2 per car parking charge, National Trust members free parking and admission.

Also at Wimpole Hall in 2011

Wimpole at War, 25 - 26 September 2011 - Fantastic forties fun! Military and civilian displays, living history, fashion, music and song. Visitors are invited to join in with the spirit of the event by coming in period dress (completely optional, of course!). Re-enactors: Allied personnel, civilians and vehicles warmly welcome! Free admission for pre-registered participants and strollers (admission price applies on the day otherwise). Saturday evening 40s dance (tickets on sale in advance).

Other events 2011

Click here for details of many other historical events organised by EventPlan this year.

Trading opportunities at EventPlan events

Quality historical traders are welcome at a number of our events. Preference is generally given to traders who utilise period tents or otherwise attractively presented stands. Please click for further details of trading opportunities at EventPlan shows.

Re-enactment groups and other performers interested in taking part in our events are invited to contact us for further details; please click the link for our Standard terms and conditions for participation.

A brief history of re-enactment

Interested in how and why re-enactment has become so popular in recent years? Click on the link to read a history of re-enactment.

Updated 16 April 2011

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