We went to an English Heritage-organised Civil War event at Beeston Castle. Although both Rowan and I were a little disappointed to find it was not a battle re-enactment with thousands of actors, it was extremely entertaining. They had lots of people dressed as the Northwich militia, with a temporary camp set up with tents and 17th-century daily activities; we saw all kinds of useful things including a pedal operated lathe, washing with paddles and a board, and toymaking. But the highlight of the day (for all of us) was a drill display with mounted dragoons, pikemen and musketmen, including firing actual muskets with real gunpowder.
We persuaded Rowan to climb to the top of the castle, where you can see for miles in all directions, made the obligatory shop purchases, had an icecream and went home tired but happy.