Slag om Grolle

Battle of Grolle

The Battle of Grolle (DutchSlag om Grolle) is a regular historical reenactment of the siege of the fortified border town of Groenlo (formerly known as Grolor Grolle) in the Achterhoek in 1627 during the Dutch Revolt. It is held in and around Groenlo itself every two years. The event lasts for three days and features a historic battle reenactment and a historic fair, with reenactors from many European countries. During the event, the reenactors try to relive the conditions of 1627 as faithfully as possible, without electricity or heating, while eating traditional food.

The event was held for the first time in 2005, with around 350 reenactors, among which were pikemenswordsmen, around 100 musketeers and working cannons. In October 2008 the event was held for a second time, this time featuring more than 600 reenactors from FranceGermanyEnglandScotland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The 2008 event included cavalry, 21 working cannons and more than 250 musketeers. The ‘Grols Kanon’, left behind as a gift to the people of Grol by Frederik Hendrik in 1627, was also used.

The Montferland folk music group ‘Het Gezelschap’ even composed the song “Grol” as a theme song for the 2008 event.[1] In the streets of Groenlo itself a 17th-century atmosphere is recreated, with beggars, street rascals, lepers, musicians and artisans.

More than 30,000 people came to visit the 2008 event, and it was thus decided by the organizers to hold it every two years.