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8 May 2017

Bank Holiday Tudor celebrations at Blakesley Hall

From swordplay to Shakespeare, visitors for Blakesley Hall on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May will be treated to a celebration of the historic house’s Tudor heritage, with re-enactments, living history, and themed tours.

Throughout the two day event, visitors will enjoy seeing the Tudor property and its grounds repopulated by historic interpreters – from Tudor musicians recreating the sounds of the sixteenth century, to craftspeople and traders showing their wares in a living history camp. There will also be an opportunity to get involved in Tudor life – learning to write with a quill, dance with Traditional Tudor dancers or even take a role in recreating one of the battle scenes from Shakespeare’s classic play, Henry V.

During the weekend visitors have the opportunity to have a guided tour of the house itself by a costumed and knowledgeable guide, and children can even try on period costumes for themselves! Young visitors will also love learning skills with the blade from a master swordsman, or finding out how Tudor children kept themselves occupied playing real Tudor games.

Steve Spencer, Museum Team Manager at Blakesley Hall, said: “Blakesley Hall was built at the height of the Tudor period, being completed in 1590 by merchant, Richard Smallbroke, and remains today one of the finest examples of a Tudor house in the country. Whilst you get a sense of its heritage when you visit at any time, turning a corner to find a Tudor woman stitching a sampler, or a gentleman practicing his swordplay is a very special experience.

“This is the third year we have had a dedicated Tudor weekend at Blakesley Hall and they are always very successful, taking visitors on a trip back in time. During the weekend, visitors don’t just hear about history, they see, touch, feel and even smell it!”

Blakesley Hall’s Tudor Weekend runs on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is £7.00 for adults and just £3.00 for children. Tickets can be bought on the day, or prebooked by calling 0121 348 8120 or online at birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley.

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