Longwoods 2020 Visitor Information & Schedule

The Upper Thames Military Reenactment Society and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority present the Battle of Longwoods on May 2nd and 3rd, 2020. Re-enactors from across North America come together to recreate military and camp life in Southwestern Ontario during the War of 1812. Enjoy tours, demonstrations, and a daily battle.

The site is open Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. A variety of activities are available each day. There will be period merchants open daily, and visitors can also take a self-guided tour of the Ska-Nah-Doht Village. There are also a number of timed activities listed in the schedules below.

Admission is $10 per person (cash only). Children 12 & under, and members of the military & cadets in uniform receive free admission.

Weekend Schedule

Tentative 2020 Schedule – Saturday, May 2nd

10:00Gates Open to Public
11:00Battalion Drill
British Forces perform their daily drill in preparation for the Battle of The Longwoods

Battlefield
11:30Camp Tour and Musket Demonstration
British Soldiers take you on a tour of their camp followed by a musket demonstration. Learn about camp life during the War of 1812 as a soldier and a civilian. Feel free to ask questions…We love to talk about our passion…History!
British Encampment

11:30
Nature Walk
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority will be leading a guided nature walk through the conservation area.

Resource Centre
12:00Native War Council
Witness negotiations with the Native War Council by British Commanders to see who they will support in the upcoming battle
Ska-Nah-Doht Village
12:30 Historically Speaking Presents “The Surgeon”
Enjoy a demonstration of 19th Century medicine and surgery hosted by Dr. Mark Dickerson…Try not to faint!
Pavilion
1:00Drums Crown Forces Presents “Musical Warriors”
Our very own Fife and Drum Corps entertains with a selection of period music
British Camp
1:30The Duel
Two gentlemen settle a matter of honour by facing off in a duel
Birch Grove
2:00Artillery Demonstration
Hear the thundering boom as our Artillery Units show off their powerful cannons which often assisted to take the day in battle
Battlefield

2:30
Battle of The Longwoods
British, Native and American Forces re-enact the “Battle of The Longwoods”
Battlefield

3:00
Mini Militia
Following the battle, for the youngsters who want to be soldiers, you will be trained in the drill and discipline required of soldier in 1812
Battlefield
3:30 Historically Speaking Presents “Historical Harmonies”
Enjoy the amazing sounds of Holly Brenneman and Stephanie Vaillant as they entertain you with period songs in their own unique counterpoint style

Pavilion
5:00Gates Close


Tentative 2020 Schedule – Sunday, May 3rd

10:00Gates Open to Public
10:45Nature Walk
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority will be leading a guided nature walk through the conservation area.
Resource Centre
11:00Battalion Drill
British Forces perform their daily drill in preparation for the Battle of The Longwoods

Battlefield
11:30Camp Tour and Musket Demonstration
British Soldiers take you on a tour of their camp followed by a musket demonstration. Learn about camp life during the War of 1812 as a soldier and a civilian. Feel free to ask questions…We love to talk about our passion…History!
British Encampment
12:00Native War Council
Witness negotiations with the Native War Council by British Commanders to see who they will support in the upcoming battle
Ska-Nah-Doht Iroquoian Village
1:00Drums Crown Forces Presents “Musical Warriors”
Our very own Fife and Drum Corps entertains with a selection of period music
British Camp
1:30The Duel
Two gentlemen settle a matter of honour by facing off in a duel
Birch Grove
2:00Artillery Demonstration
Hear the thundering boom as our Artillery Units show off their powerful cannons which often assisted to take the day in battle
Battlefield

2:30
Battle of The Longwoods
British, Native and American Forces re-enact the “Battle of The Longwoods”
Battlefield

2:30
Mini Militia
Following the battle, for the youngsters who want to be soldiers, you will be trained in the drill and discipline required of soldier in 1812
Battlefield
4:00Gates Close