Visitors to the Dreamy Hollow campsite, near Stanhoe, were taken back in time with memories of the two World Wars at the weekend.
Proceeds from the weekend, called War at the Hollow, will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s breast cancer unit development fund.
The event enabled visitors to see at first hand another network of partly excavated trenches dug to the same design for training purposes in 1916.
Until recently, who created them and why was a mystery until Dr Charles Barber, formerly a partner in the Great Massingham and Docking surgeries, produced family photographs of his grandfather who was attached to the Lovat Scouts, a Scottish regiment stationed in and around Hunstanton in 1916, revealing they had dug and trained in them before embarking for France.
In a woodland setting, re-enactors dressed in the uniforms of both wars played their parts. One setting, for example, including Russian soldiers and a VAD nurse - known as Voluntary Aid Detachment members, trained in first aid and nursing - enjoying a cuppa around an Alexi Soyer stove.
This was invented during the Crimea War by a famous French chef and enabled servicemen to be fed more quickly and in greater numbers. It was still in use in the 1950s.
There were static displays of equipment and weapons and competitions for children. But the highlight was a tour of part of the trench network by Dreamy Hollow managing director, Nigel Day.
The event was made as realistic as possible with smoke grenades simulating a blinding gas attack. Visitors were then blindfolded and led from the battlefield to the accompaniment of stun grenades to simulate gunfire in an attempt to help them understand the reality of what it was like for those on the front line 100 years ago.
Two and a half acres of trenches are yet to be excavated and Mr Day said that when rubbish and rubble had been cleared away archaeologists will return to dig down to the duckboards that lined the bottom of the trenches.
“We wanted to expand on our school tours. This is our first major event and we’ve had a steady stream of visitors all weekend. We’ve started in a fairly small way and if it is successful we will repeat it,” said Mr Day.
Local historians John Smith and Tony Armstrong were also on hand to lend their expertise and Norfolk Police provided an officer and nine cadets to handle site security.