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Tudor farm life

Activities depend on time of year and age of children but most groups don Tudor clothes and step back in time and try out some things that Tudor peasants – and a few wealthy ones – did on the farm in the late 1500s. We can tailor days to your curriculum needs and provide accommodation whilst you visit the amazing Kentwell Hall Tudor re-creation event (www.Kentwell.co.uk) in April/May and again in September, or autumn or spring guided tours. We can also give you ideas and activity sheets for exploring the historic and beautiful village of Lavenham, famous for its wool and cloth industry, with massive church and old guildhall (National Trust).

Numerous activities are offered for Tudor living including:

  • Field walking for Tudor artefacts
  • Rabbit skinning – and tasting
  • Pigeon or pheasant plucking – and making pies
  • Manage the pigs – feed, straw up and clean out
  • Look after the chickens – feed, collect eggs, clean out
  • Celebratory garlands
  • Tudor barn architecture
  • Hedge dating
  • Pond origins
  • Herbs, wild plants – and their uses
  • Make a pomander
  • Farm museum quiz
  • Enjoy a Tudor feast
  • Celebrate a festival in the farming calendar – decorate a plough

Feedback

...Twenty-one children and five staff lived as Tudors ..... Full costumes, authentic food and an atmosphere of 1598 in your wonderful barn. This memorable and unique experience is unparalleled; it would be hard to find a better way of learning about the Tudors.... Your dedication and hard work has ensured the amazing quality of what has happened here: we’ll be back! (Jeremy Rowe, The Lyceum school, March 2008, and returned annually ever since!)

.. the pupils were raving about the whole experience. Parents have sent letters, cards and  personal thanks for their children having such a great time. I have not known such a fantastic outcome from a trip, the amount the children have taken in is astonishing. ... I think the range of activities you provided was super ... Farm quiz, garlands, game processing and field walking for artefacts were the most popular. The barn architecture, pond and hedge-dating have actually proved to be the ones they refer to when out and about on the field and walks out with their parents. And the farm animal session has made it into a huge amount of the children's scrapbooks so clearly this was very much enjoyed! (Jennifer Barnes, St Annes School, Chertsey combining a stay and activities at Milden with a visit to Kentwell Hall Tudor re-enactment, July 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Many of the Tudor school activities photos are used by kind permission of HarrietLogan.com

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Juliet and Christopher Hawkins, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
Tel: 01787 247235      Email: hawkins@thehall-milden.co.uk