Welcome to www.tauntongarrison.org website.  The Taunton Garrison brings the 16th and 17th centuries to life with music, drama and historical re-enactments.

Taunton Garrison Events Diary

The Taunton Garrison can provide a wide range of entertainment both military and civilian from the late sixteenth to late seventeenth century. We perform various Living History skills, also small skirmishes and weapons demonstrations. We cover three main historical periods - The Spanish Armada of 1588, the English Civil War of the 1640's and the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.

 Our Displays usually begin at 11am, but this may vary.
 We have a rolling programme of displays. Please check with the venue to be sure of times. Note: Event time period codes - 1588 = Elizabethan, ECW = English Civil War, 1685 = Monmouth Rebellion.


(events booked so far)

12th February - Museum of Somerset, Taunton (ECW) 

29th, 30th April Dunster Castle (ECW)

 10th June Colyton, Devon (ECW)

 24th, 25th June Dunster Castle (1588)

22nd, 23rd July  Bishop's Palace, Wells (1685)

 12th, 13th August Dunster Castle (ECW)

Training Dates

11th March - Bishops Lydeard

8th April - Forde Abbey







20th Anniversary Banquet 


Photo: Clare 

Forde Abbey 1685 

More photos in the Monmouth Gallery 


Photo: Chris Young 

Taunton Garrison second cannon named at Dunster Castle


Named after our long serving Taunton Garrison member (in fact one of the original members from 1996), Alan Wildman.  The cannon has been named 'Drum Major Wildman'. For part of his working life Alan was a real Drum Major in the British Army. 

Bishop's Palace Wells 1588 (2016)

More photos on Elizabethan Gallery page 


Guarding the gate, Sir Arthur Hopton's Trained band 

Photo: Pat Patrick


Dunster Castle, June 1588 


Photo: Catherine Hockey 


Photo: Tina Chalk 


The two cannons, Dunster Castle. The one on the right is a new addition.

 Filming with the BBC for Great British Railway Journeys.

With Michael Portillo, at Taunton Castle (Somerset Museum) 8th July 2015.
We were asked to prepare a sketch about the Bloody Assizes of 1685, for a programme in which Michael Portillo travels from Birmingham to Exeter, stopping at Taunton. 
Bradshaw's Railway Guide, which he uses to plan the rail journeys, has a large section on the Monmouth Rebellion and the Bloody Assizes. 


 Monmouth Day, Saturday 13th June 2015 - Colyton, Devon

Taunton Garrison filming with Sir Tony Robinson, for Channel 4's
'Walking Through History' Series

 Photo: Catherine

Mike, Alan S, Paul and Catherine (as photographer and support) made their way to a sunny hill top near Chard to meet the TV crew.  Monmouth's army camped here on 15th June 1685.  We were called upon to supply some historical context for the programme. 

Photo: Catherine Hockey 

 Sir Tony

Our Time periods:


Elizabethan Trayned Band 1588

Photo: Pat Patrick 


The English Civil War

Photo: Alan Wildman 


The militia 1685

Photo: Alan Wildman 


The Duke of Monmouth's Rebels 1685

Photo: Katie Stokes 

We can be seen in and around Somerset at various historical venues.

Check our forthcoming events list below to see where we are appearing next.
Interested in booking us? Maybe joining? (minimum age 12, if accompanied by parent).

Contact us:  

Photos have been credited where possible.  If you see one of yours and would like a credit please e-mail us.

Website last updated: 10th October 2016