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Get Hands on with History

Step back in time and bask in the rich history that England has to offer. Jousting, ironclad knights, huge castles and epic reenactments are just a taster of what to expect. Perfect for avid adventurers and the contagiously curious.

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English Heritage Sites

To book tickets at member rates call the English Heritage line on 0370 333 1183. When booking, members must confirm they are a Corporate Member through CSSC. Present your CSSC membership card and one form of photo ID upon entry.

Fairies Garden Trail

Psst, did you see that? Fairies are hiding all around the gardens at Belsay Hall and need your help to find them. Pick up your trail sheet from the visitor centre and head out on an adventure. You might even stumble upon a fairy village as you go!

There are two participating English Heritage sites hosting the trails:

Belsay Hall
  • Offer runs 09 February - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - North East
  • Area - Tyne, Wear & Northumberland

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Brodsworth Hall
  • Offer runs 15 February - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Yorkshire
  • Area - South Yorkshire

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Join us for a week of hands-on fun for kids in the great outdoors, as we bring you a host of adventures at Carisbrooke Castle. Meet our visiting costumed characters, take part in hands on activities and discover fascinating tales from the castle's past. With all this to enjoy and more, there’s no better place to get hands on with history!

Carisbrooke Castle
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Southern
  • Area - Isle of Wight

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Visit Framlingham Castle as the lives of our most celebrated and notorious monarchs including Henry VIII and Queen Victoria are brought to life in interactive performances for all the family. Brush up your circus skills at the Jester School sessions throughout the day.

Framlingham Castle
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Eastern
  • Area - Suffolk

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Get set for a truly fantastic half term as you join Beeston Castle for hands-on kids activities and crafts. Take inspiration from your historic surroundings and make your own Bronze-age roundhouse, cave painting and stone necklace.

Beeston Castle
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - North West
  • Area - Merseyside

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Stokesay Castle
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Midlands
  • Area - Telford & District

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Get set for a truly historic half term and discover what it was like to live, work and fight in a real-life castle. Whether it’s learning to sword fight or transforming into a little lord or lady, there’s plenty of hands-on fun to keep the kids entertained. And once the little adventurers have put their skills to the test, let imaginations run wild as you explore Kenilworth’s mighty castle walls.

Kenilworth Castle
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Midlands
  • Area - Coventry

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Discover what life was like upstairs and downstairs for lords, ladies and the people who served them at Wrest Park. Being the butler of a country house is no easy job. Do you think you've got what it takes? Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes are immaculate and you're standing up straight. Learn about the etiquette of a Victorian house, from dressing a table to folding a napkin. But make sure you pay attention, as the master of the house won't keep sloppy butlers around for long!

Wrest Park
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Eastern
  • Area - Huntingdon

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Get stuck into a day of hands on history activities for kids, exploring life at Osborne. Discover what life was like upstairs and downstairs at Osborne for Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family, and find out more about the people who served them.

Osborne House
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Southern
  • Area - Isle of Wight

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Join a week of hands-on fun for kids in the great outdoors at the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Follow a fun trail around the Abbey, or discover fascinating tales at atmospheric story telling sessions. Go bug spotting in the wilds of the Abbey grounds, and take part in crafts to make an ugly bug of your very own. With all this to enjoy and more, there’s no better place to get hands on with history!

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - South Eastern
  • Area - Hastings

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Have you got what it takes to be a Roman soldier? Find out this half term as a ruthless Roman shows you the ropes. Learn a few Roman marching moves in the drills session, hear stories about life in the Roman army, handle some Roman objects and try on armour.

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - North East
  • Area - Tyne, Wear & Northumberland

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Calling all super sleuths, secret agents and investigators: Sharpen your detective skills with hands-on training in disguise, code cracking and clues. Historical performers Heuristics will teach vital skills in codes essential to your mission. Join a series of adventures across the castle, find clues and code words to crack the hidden secrets.

Dover Castle
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - South Eastern
  • Area - East Kent

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Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and a super spy as you are put through your paces at Audley End. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you. Discover Audley's wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line in our Train the Troops sessions this half term.

Audley End
  • Offer runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Eastern
  • Area - Huntingdon

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Get set for a truly historic half-term this February and find out what life was like for 17th Century musketeers. Whether it is practising musket drill, gunpowder making or learning what life was like for a soldier, there is lots to discover.

Bolsover Castle
  • Runs from 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Midlands
  • Area - Nottingham

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Join a Viking skirmish this February half term as our resident Viking offers their fierce sword fighting skills and teachings about of the Nordic way of living.

Whitby Abbey
  • Offers runs 15 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - Yorkshire
  • Area - Scarborough

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England’s past is bursting with tales of brave heroes, formidable foes and weird and wonderful happenings. Uncover these myths and legends at Eltham Palace at their Medieval story telling sessions to hear exciting tales of dashingly good heroes and scandalous villains. Learn courtly etiquette and have a go at our weapon training activities.

Eltham Palace
  • Offer runs 16 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - London
  • Area - London

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Whether it’s learning to sword fight, taking part in Monkopoly, the English Heritage version of giant Monopoly or listening to storytelling, there’s plenty of hands-on fun to keep the kids entertained. And once the little adventurers have put their skills to the test, let imaginations run wild as you explore Pendennis’ mighty castle keep.

Pendennis Castle
  • Offer runs 17 - 23 February 2020
  • Cost for members - free
  • Region - South West
  • Area - Mid Cornwall

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