Barley Hall Workshops

Experience life in a medieval townhouse with the help of the servants at Barley Hall. With a range of specifically designed, interactive and fun workshops to fire the imagination, Barley Hall will give a little taste of domestic life in the Tudor Period.

Full Day Experience

Fit for a King NEW for 2015

Your class will spend the whole day as Barley Hall servants, getting it ready for King Henry VIII’s royal visit to York! Dressed in Tudor costume, your pupils will set the tables, clean the hall and practise their manners. They will also have to make sure they obey the rules of the house and the laws of the country- will your class pass the test and avoid the wrath of the Lord Mayor?

Half Day Experiences

Tudor Plays and Performances NEW for 2015

Tudor Plays and Performance’ guides learners through fun drama exercises based on the plays enjoyed by sixteenth-century audiences in York and elsewhere. Your class can take to the stage to re-create York’s theatrical traditions with Shakespeare, mobile mystery plays and more! Each of these options can be adapted to suit Key Stages 1 – 3.

Tudor Discoveries NEW for 2015

Scholars and explorers are on hand to bring you the latest discoveries of the Tudor Age. The world is changing and do you have what it takes to keep up? Would you make a good trader? Or will you chase gold as an alchemist? Try your hand at some of the latest inventions and have a go at being a Tudor Explorer!

Individual Workshops

Tudor Medicine

A chance to learn about Tudor medicine and how illness and ailments were treated hundreds of years ago. Discover the methods used by the barber surgeon and find out about some of the Tudors’ most gruesome diseases and grisly cures. Not for the faint-hearted!

Tudor Weapons

Hear how weapons of all kinds were used in everyday Tudor life, from sport and hunting to self defence. Discover how weapons could be status symbols or valued items of costume, and handle some of these weapons for yourself.

Tudor School

Meet the School Master and see what school would have been like 500 years ago. Recite the alphabet, write with quill and ink pens, and learn to count with jettons. A fun session with plenty of activities to put you through your paces!

Please note: a maximum of 32 children can be accommodated in the ‘Fit For a King’ and ‘Tudor School’ workshops.

Curriculum Links

See a list of the subjects covered by our Tudor and medieval workshops for Key Stage 1/2.

Risk Assessments

See the risk assessments for our workshops by clicking here.

Find out more

For more information about any of these topics, or to book a session for your group, please call our Reservations team on 01904 615505 or contact us direct here.