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Tudors Alive!

A full-day living history workshop on our Tudor farm

This trip is possibly the best I've been on in my 6 years as a teacher! The children loved it! Thank you so much.

— St John's Primary

We have now re-introduced replica costumes for schools that want an immersive experience with a Tudor twist!

Immerse your class in a real Tudor Farm experience at the stunning setting of Mary Arden's Farm - the childhood home of William Shakespeare's mother.

Using authentic clothing and materials, this living history experience brings the curriculum to life as pupils spend the day as a Tudor child helping on our working farm.

Sessions are compiled, appropriate to weather conditions and group numbers, from a range of activities, which allow pupils to:

  • Make wattle and daub in a hands-on building experience
  • Play Tudor games
  • Design sugar subtleties which were used as decorative items at Elizabethan banquets
  • Paint a wall hanging - Tudor 'wallpaper'
  • Explore a Tudor farmhouse and meet rare-breed animals
  • Plant and harvest vegetables, learning about Tudor food production
  • Enjoy Tudor music and dancing
  • Create lavender bags - help keep the plague at bay!

Tudors Alive! is a truly unforgettable experience that will bring history to life for your class; extends Chronological knowledge, brings the History curriculum alive and offers an ideal Local History project stimulus.

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Venue: Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, CV37 9UN
Duration: full day

Price: held at 2021 price for the third successive year: £13 per pupil or £16.50 per pupil with replica costumes - the authentic, specially-made costumes are freshly laundered for each new session. All staff go free.

A minimum charge equivalent to 20 pupils applies to all workshops.

One member of staff is required to accompany every eight children.

Price includes a follow up Digital pack of supporting materials with worksheets, facts and further teaching ideas.

Workshop group sizes may vary depending on the time of year. Please contact us to find out more and we will work with you to find the best way to accommodate your needs.

Many schools choose to visit Stratford-upon-Avon as part of their residential trip. Why not stay at Stratford's Youth Hostel and then book a workshop at Mary Arden's Farm. Contact the Learning Team to find out more.

All staff, instructors and activities were warm, welcoming and exceptionally knowledgeable. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting hands-on with History with timid, quiet children being visibly enthused and enthralled.

— Coten Primary School

This trip is possibly the best I've been on in my 6 years as a teacher! The children loved it! Thank you so much.

— St. John's Primary School

This is our 4th visit. Always a fantastic, hands-on experience with well-planned , well-paced and authentic activities. Staff are amazing and very knowledgeable.

— Our Lady's RC Primary

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