A cavalier attitude!
The UK's first National Civil War Centre will open in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on May 2. The [euro]7.5million attraction will recount the bloody history of the series of mid-17th century conflicts between the Crown and Parliament, which saw fierce battles across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The centre will be located on the site of Newark's Grade II Old Magnus Building, which began life as a Tudor grammar school and which still has schoolboy graffiti dating back to 1608.
Newark, held by King Charles I's Royalists, played a major role in the struggle and was besieged three times by Oliver Cromwell's Roundhead forces.
The opening of the centre will be marked with a major celebration in the town, including a battle re-enactment on May 3-4. nationalcivilwarcentre.com experiencenottinghamshire.com