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Saturday 21st August 2021 The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Dr, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY

Capturing an early 19th century foot regiment with musket firing at the Royal Gunpowder Mills

Join us in the summer as we re-live history in this action packed day of battle re-enactment with a Napoleonic foot regiment


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Join us for the first event of its kind- Napoleonic battle re-enactment at the Royal Gunpowder mills! We will have a military group of soldier re-enactors on site for us to photograph in action including members of the Kings German Legion! There will be musket firing with blanks to create the authentic atmosphere of battle! As well as capturing the drama and action scenes of the battlefield we will also have the opportunity to take up close portraits of the soldiers around this fascinating site! This promises to be an action packed day full of unique photography opportunities in a historic setting, so if you fancy something a bit different, join us as we take you back in time to the days when the Napoleonic wars were raging around Europe!

The Royal Gunpowder Mills boasts historic backdrops with crumbling brick buildings and plenty of natural foliage. This site was in operation as a Gunpowder Mills for over 300 years; however, from the mid-1850s onwards the site was involved in developing new nitro-based explosives and propellants. As the site grew in size, and gunpowder became less important. Shortly after WWII it became solely a Defence Research Establishment - firstly the Explosives Research and Development Establishment, then the Propellants, Explosives and Rocket Motor Establishment Waltham Abbey; and finally the Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment Waltham Abbey. Its superior production methods and high quality results earned it a reputation on an international. 

Timings are 10:30 - 16:30 and there will be hot drinks and refreshements available for you to purchase throughout the day.

Currently all of our events will run in line with our Covid-19 policy that follows government guidelines. You can find our Covid-19 policy information page here.

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

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