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Event : History

Commemorations and historical re-enactments in Ligny

Commemorations and historical re-enactments in Ligny
Journees Napoleoniennes de Ligny © WBT Alex Kouprianoff

Relive Napoleon's final victory, 2 days before Waterloo: the battle of Ligny on 16 June 1815. History awaits you!

2015 is the bicentenary of the battle! On Friday 16 June 1815 a small village in the province of Namur had its name written into the history books in letters of fire and blood.

For more than 6 hours, 150,000 men fought like men possessed and destroyed the fruits of the labour of a whole population. This little village was Ligny, which relives the event every year with a historical re-enactment of the bivouacs and battle.

The re-enactment brings together hundreds of re-enactors. On the schedule: a remembrance ceremony and a little tourist train.

All weekend at the Général Gérard Centre:

  • Guided tour of the Battle of Ligny Museum and the battlefield,
  • Exhibition and artisan village,
  • Show/concert by the batterie des Grognards from Upper Alsace,
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride and a cavalry demonstration,
  • and of course: the battle re-enactment!

Not forgetting the marquee, refreshment area and food and drinks which are available on site. General entrance and access to the site: €5 (all activities included). Free for those in period costume and the under-14s.

In 2015, celebrate the bicentenary of the battle of Ligny! The entertainment will match the stature of the event... put in in your diary!


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We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.