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Folklore And Tradition : History

Historical weekend at the Battlefield of Waterloo

Historical weekend at the Battlefield of Waterloo
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  • Opening periods
    • from Saturday 17 June 2017 to Sunday 18 June 2017 (Only on: Saturday, Sunday)
    • Address:
      -1410 WATERLOOBelgium
    • MAPS: Google Maps

    One year after the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, meet the French and allied re-enactors in a family-friendly atmosphere. 18 and 19 June 2016.
    A grand and busy historical weekend will gather together numerous activities and entertainment at each of the sites of the battle: bivouacs, the first children's headquarters, the assault of Hougoumont farm, exhibitions...

    The First Children's Headquarters

    Since its renovation, Napoleon's last headquarters has paid special attention to catering for youngvisitors and opening their eyes to the wonders of history. It was logical, therefore, that during the Battle of Waterloo commemorations the museum would become, for a whole weekend, the first children's headquarters!

    Napoleonic bivouacs

    Napoleon's last headquarters
    Close to 150 re-enactors will be present in the park and the orchard of Napoleon's last headquarters. The emperor and his staff will manage their troops throughout the weekend.
    As with each bivouac, visitors will get the chance to meet the groups of historical re-enactors and plunge into an imperial atmosphere. They will learn all about the bivouacs, weapons, equipment, observe the preparation of meals and relive daily life in the camps: gunfire, canon fire, changing of the guard and patrols.

    Allied Camps

    Hougoumont farm

    The orchard of Hougoumont farm will welcome close to 60 participants and 30 horses.
    Napoleonic remembrance walk.

    For more than 20 years, walkers have been honouring the memory of French soldiers by organising a Napoleonic remembrance walk which starts in Jumet and ends in Waterloo every 18 June.
    The remembrance walk will pass through the town of Genappe and the village of Ways, where flowers will be placed on the tomb of Count Duhesme, Lieutenant-General of the French Army, who died in Genappe in 1815.
    The arrival of some 50 participants in full, authentic uniform, with music the imperial coach is planned for the afternoon of 18 June.


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    We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.