Diary: Battle stars

It's been nearly 200 years since Wellington and Napoleon exchanged business cards in Belgium, but there seems to be no getting away from the enduring popularity of the era's military shenanigans. Historical Surrey venue Painshill Park will be abuzz this July with the crack of rifle fire and the sizzle of singed wigs as dozens of fully clad foot soldiers get ready to be topped. "The park will be transformed into an area of the Iberian peninsula some time between 1809 and 1812", apparently. Diary would be lying if it placed war on its list of fun things to re-enact, but time-travelling fields have got to be worth a closer look.

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