History will come alive when the Battle of Marlborough takes place on the Common on the weekend of July 26 and 27.

The town council is working with the English Civil War Society to stage a re-enactment of the civil war battle recreating the events of 1642 on the original site of the action.

Visitors have a chance to learn more about life in the 17th century Living History exhibition in Priory Gardens.

Mayor Marian Hannaford-Dobson said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for us all to learn more about the history of Marlborough.

“It’s a free event for the whole family to enjoy – a real chance to step back in time.

“The town council is delighted to be working with the English Civil War Society in hosting it all.”

The English Civil War Society has been visiting local schools to teach them more about the Civil War and how it was for the townspeople of Marlborough in 1642 and will also be presenting lectures during the Summer School at Marlborough College.

From 11am on both days the Royalist gun battery will be put into position on the common. Then, on both days, the re-enactment of the Battle of Marlborough will be held on the common between 3pm and 4pm.