History to come alive at Belton

See firearms being demonstrated at Belton House this weekend.
See firearms being demonstrated at Belton House this weekend.

To mark 100 years since the Machine Gun Corps was based at Belton House, near Grantham, a living history event is to be held at the site.

A century ago, a training camp housing tens of thousands of soldiers of the corps dominated Belton’s parkland.

In 2015, events, talks and exhibitions are happening all year as Belton remembers the Machine Gun Corps and the soldiers that served in it.

This Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, it stages The Great War Society Living History Weekend.

Members of the society will be kitted out in period uniform, weapons and equipment.

Visitors are invited to come and meet the Tommies in the grounds of Belton, explore the military camp, and find out what life was like for soldiers of the First World War.

The weekend will also include demonstrations on training, the firing of weapons, and the precise manoeuvring of the infantry marching drills, talks, and drop-in sessions.

National Trust members have free access to this event, normal admission prices apply for non-members.

To find out more, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house or email 

The mansion, play areas, shops, restaurant, gardens and park will all be open as usual.