Elizabeth I & The Armada

Wednesday 17th - Friday 19th March


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This annual living history presentation is aimed at school children studying Tudor history and is an informative interactive day outside the classroom. It usually takes place during a week in mid March.

A series of presentations focus on life at different levels of Tudor society giving children a 'real life' history lesson. You can choose a morning or afternoon session, from 10am - 12noon or 1pm - 3pm.

Meet Queen Elizabeth I as she arrives at Penshurst Place during her Royal Progress at this very difficult time. Her troops are preparing to combat the Armada, but is Her Majesty here for more personal reasons and to meet a suitor?

Children will step back in time to meet: the Musician who will introduce students to 16th century dance and manners; a Barber Surgeon who has been employed to care for the Militia, who talks about his skills and explains the grizzly tools of his trade; the Bell Man who will tell you more about the crimes and punishments of the era; the Local Militia who are mustering at Penshurst Place, training the locals in the use of a musket and pike; the Lady's Maid, who will show children some Elizabethan-style costumes; and the Kitchen Servant who prepares food for the Militia and talks about 16th century foods and the diet of the soldiers and sailors.

Weather permitting, your school group will also have access to our Gardens, Woodland Trail and Adventure Playground on the day.

This living history presentation must be booked in advance by contacting our Head of Visitor Services. On booking you will be allocated a place to leave bags and have lunch.  An Armada Teacher's Resource pack is provided together with a specific event risk assessment. Goody bags can be pre-ordered from our Gift Shop.