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Workshops

We have produced a menu of workshops designed to appeal to a range of age groups and Key Stages, ensuring that Early Years and Reception classes, as well as older years, enjoy equally accessible workshops. The sessions are led by our costumed characters who take on the personas of wizards, knights, poor peasants, hapless medieval alchemists, chroniclers, and spies.

Ethos

The ethos of our education programme is to provide an environment where the pupils use the skills and knowledge they have acquired at school whilst working towards their target Key Stages. As such, they are encouraged to use their imaginations, examine and resolve questions, and of course, have fun. 

Structure

The workshops are led by our costumed historical interpreters. Each workshop, depending on the subject chosen, will consist of an interactive session, performance, or a practical or artefact handling element. 

Delivery

Workshops are designed with flexibility so they can be delivered at the right level for the age group. However, we have also developed workshops that can be tailored to suit the individual key stages required.

The Magic of Tales

Transport your group into the mysterious world of medieval castles, magic and tales told in the great halls.
 
Once the Castles official Wizard is sure that you have magical abilities he will instruct you as you make your very own magic wand. Then wonder at how you can help the Wizard conjure magic
 
 After which you will retire to the Great Hall to be enthralled by the tale of Sir Kit and the three Tasks. A specially written tale of long, long, ago with magic, dragons, witches, trolls, giants, and possibly, mice.
 
 An entertaining craft class, interspersed with the odd bit of magic, leads to a storytelling session where the pupils can use their imaginations to picture the tales characters, some gruesome, some not, while using their wands to help the knight with his tasks.

(Early years, reception, years 1- 2)
 

 

Knights and Castles - Arm the Knight, defend the Castle

Learn how a knight was armed and how he trained by handling real arms and armour.  How heavy is chain mail? What is a flail?  Can wool stop an arrow? Then, led by two of our knights, the class will divide into the forces of the Earl of Douglas and the defenders, the House of Percy. It is off to the Barbican to see if the attackers will take the Castle or will Northumberland’s knights successfully defend the home of the Percys?  What traps and terrors have the defenders in store?     Whoever loses – the dungeon awaits…
 
A workshop for all ages looking at how people lived at Alnwick Castle 600 years ago. In two very interactive sessions, the class can experience what a knight’s life would be like, and what it depended on. Then armed with foam swords and safety arrows (balls) the battle of the Barbican (our medieval fortified gateway) commences. The class will learn how the castle was built, what defences are built into the gateway, and experience this from a “knight’s eye” view.

[Years 2-6].

 

 

Wizard School - Wands and Broomsticks

Welcome to Wizard School.  This is your opportunity to qualify as a Junior Wizard by gaining your Provisional Broomstick    Flying Licence.  Firstly, you will make your own O.S.W. (Ordinary School Wand) [15 minutes’ duration)
 
If successful, the class will go to the Runway for the broomstick flying lesson where they will be taught Basic Broom Control using T.W.I.G.S (Trainee Wizards Intermediate Glider and Swooper) brooms. [30 minutes’ duration]

 A great immersive experience for all classes using the Harry Potter books as class reading books

[Reception, Year 1 & 2]

Medieval Alchemist – Scientist, doctor or charlatan?

Join our alchemist as he demonstrates, with the help of “volunteers”, some of his cutting-edge medieval cures for common ailments of the time,  including the plague and toothache. Decide which of his cures would work and which, if any, we still use today. He or she will then explain the medical properties of herbs and the class will become apprentice Apothecaries to make a medicinal medieval soap ball. Finally, there is a strange phenomenon he has noticed when he made his red cabbage soup last night – can you explain why it changes colour?

A humorous interactive science-based session looking at real medieval cures and the science (or lack of) behind them. The session uses the children's knowledge of how the body works, what is a healthy diet and what herb-based products we still use today. The session ends with an acid/alkali puzzle although our alchemist has no idea what these are.

[Years 2-6]



 

Packages and Pricing 

All school visits must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. To check our availability or for any further information, please contact the Education Department: education@alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 511 157

Package

•Discounted admission
•Free parking and easy drop-off
•Meet-and-greet service available
•Range of bookable workshops and activities
•Discounted catering packages
•One free adult per five children visiting age 6 and below
•One free adult for every 10 children visiting age 7 and above
•Bag storage available in Artisans Courtyard
•Free admission for driver

Prices

£6.75 per pupil (16 and under)
£10.00 per student (17+)
£11.00 per adult
 

Free teachers

1 free teacher per 10 pupils age 7yrs and above
1 free teacher per 5 pupils age 6 yrs and below
 
Additional workshops £40 per session.