Living History Unit

"Preobrazhensky Life Guards", 1709


About us

History of the regt


Why Narva?
Terms and conditions
Tentative plan of events
FYI: expences for travel, accomodation and meals 

Participants of the 2005 festival

Why Narva?
The old fortress and castle of Narva saw two dramatic episodes of the Great Northern War: in 1700 King Charles XII of Sweden defeated Russian troops there and in 1704 the stronghold was taken by storm by Tsar Peter’s soldiers.

The survived castle and bastions of the fortress present nice stage for living history and historical re-enactment. A borderline location of Narva makes it relatively easy to travel to, which is another positive factor for bringing re-enactors from the West and from the East together.

The Festival in Narva is destined to gather together those who are fond of history of late 17th – early 18th century, history of the Great Northern War. The festival is held annually since 2004 and is becoming more and more interesting to both participanst and to spectators. 

In 2004 about 20 enthusiasts from Russia, Estonia and even Great Britain took part in the first festival. The 2005 event was marked with participation of historical societies from Sweden with overal number of participants being around 50. For the 2006 we expect even more partcipants including new groups from Russia, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

For more information about Narva see following sites: www.narvamuuseum.ee , www.hot.ee/preobraz2/ as well as our reports. Narva in Google Map Bastions of Narva


All re-enactment and historical groups (and individual enthusiasts, of course) who deal with late 17th – early 18th century are cordially invited to take part in the festival. This joint event will help us to establish connections between units, to promote ‘our’ period and generally to have good time, spending couple days in the historical environment.

In brief, program proposed includes historical camp on a tiny bastion (with nothing modern inside of it and nothing modern visible outside it), drill sessions, living history displays, battle reenactment(s) and parade(s). Participants and guests are also welcome to propose their ideas about the programm of the events.

NB! In order to ensure high standards of re-creation, we emphasize that participant-reenactors attend in military or civilian impressions appropriate for the period of  late 17th -early 18th century.

If you like to take part in the festival, please contact the organizers, representative of Narva Museum via email natalia.pomazan@narvamuuseum.ee or mail address: Energia 2а-9, Narva 20304, Estonia. When applying, please indicate in any form:  


Name of your unit or society, army, country and time period that you represent.


Contact information (email, mail address, contact person).


Number of members who plan to attend; members in historical dress; planned use of muskets, swords, canons.


If you are willing to live in a historical camp (you have historical tents and other necessary camp equipment)


If you like accommodation in a hotel and how many rooms needed


What kind of assistance you will need with visas, transportation, translation etc.


If you need black powder or any other pyrotechnics for your arms


Any other comments and wishes towards organization of the festival.


Terms and conditions

 The organizing committee provides:

  • Site for the historical camp, security, straw, water, firewood, toilets
  • Tour across historical sites of Narva
  • Transportation within Narva
  • Black powder
  • Guided tours

 Attending groups provide on their expence: 

  • Travel to Estonia. Organizers are now investigating possibility to provide bus to pick up guests arriving to Tallinn. Cost of travel to Tallinn from Stockholm or Oslo – see below.
  • Accommodation in hotel, if participants select to stay in a hotel.
  • Meals. For cost of hotel rooms and meals – see below.


Dates and tentative program of the festival*:

The festival will take place on August 11-13, 2005 (Friday-Saturday-Sunday). Below is rough overview of events that are planned so far. Participants and guests are very welcome to propose their ideas about the programm of events.

Friday, 11th

Arrival of participants; Setting up historical camp; Lunch; Tour over the castle and it's museum; Exercise sessions, free time, discussing  the coming actions; Dinner.

Saturday, 12th

Breakfast; Living history display in the camp and in the castle; Parading along the city streets; Ceremonis at the monuments to Russian and Swedish troops; Battle re-enactment; Closing party for the participants in the castle.

Sunday, 13th

Last joint exercises, Closing of the festival, shutting down the camp.

* Content and time of events may be altered over time.


For Your Information

Below is sample information, to give you an idea of how to get to Narva and of amount of expences involved. We cannot guarantee that the data below is 100% reliable, so please check with other sources for more details.


Guests from European countries do not need visas to enter Estonia

First point of arrival - Tallinn (by ferry or airplane, from Stockholm or Oslo) or Paldiski. Transfer from Tallin to Narva - 3 hours by bus.

Ferry line: Stockholm-Tallinn
For schedule and prices ou may see http://www.tallink.ee/

For flight schedule and other information see http://www.estonian-air.ee/  


For tentative accomodation prices see Hotel KING, http://www.hotelking.ee 



Living History Unit "Preobrazhensky Life Guards" (с) 2006