It is held every June on the weekend nearest to the historic date of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815). In a regular year there will be 600–800 reenactors. The 5-year-anniversaries are greater events with 1,500–2,000 reenactors from France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, USA, Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile among others.
A major event, one of the largest ever staged, was held on the site of the battle to mark the 200th anniversary of the engagement. 6,200 re-enactors, 330 horses, and 120 cannons took part in actions in an arena area close to La Haye Sainte. During the event, the Allied Army was camped at Hougoumont, with the French camped about a mile away from La Caillou.
The event was opened with a poetic interpretation of the Battle, created by Luc Petit. The show was located on a stage 150 metres long, with giant projector screens, pyrotechnics, dancers, classical musicians and local choirs – in addition to cast members drawn from the re-enactment groups. Three re-enactors were injured by explosives during this production, with one being taken to hospital with serious burns.
French cavalry, June 2011
In the 2011 recreation, footsoldiers fire guns
Battle of Waterloo Reenactment 1815-2015
- 200 años despues. Argentinos en Waterloo: recrearon una de las batallas más importantes de la historia, Clarin
- The Battle of Waterloo: Joining army of re-enacters remembering one of history's most famous military turning-points, The Independent
- Battle of Waterloo relived: the sound a fury of a Napoleonic war re-enactment, The Telegraph
- Photos of the Allied camp
- Photos of the French camp
- Inferno Archived 2015-06-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Huge sound-and-light show for Waterloo bicentenary, AFP/Yahoo News
- Portable loos and Belgian officiousness: When 'war' breaks out at the Battle of Waterloo, 2015, The Telegraph