Visit Blakesley Hall and bring one of the most explosive events in history to life.

During this Learning Officer led session, your class will discover the story of the Gunpowder Plot. This session works well as a starting point for study or for finishing the topic, through an enjoyable and educational workshop.

Explore our Tudor house to uncover the reasons for the plot, the plan itself, how it was foiled and the discovery and punishment of the plotters. There will be plenty of opportunity for dressing up and engagement for all during the workshop. With connections to the West Midlands, this fascinating historical event is of national and local significance making it a perfect topic for study.

Curriculum links

This session is ideal for KS1 and KS2with links to:

  • Drama – acting and performing through dressing up and performing parts of the events.
  • History – study of local history and big events in British history.
  • English – develop confidence and spoken ability through acting, performing and learning new words and vocabulary.

The session will also suit KS3:

  • Study of the struggle between church and state. Understand the effect of the Tudors and James’ continued Catholic persecution.
  • Studying a major event in national history and local history, through the plotter’s connection to Warwickshire.

Booking information

School visits to Blakesley Hall are available Wednesday - Friday.

Bring two classes from your school and spend a full day on site with self-led activities to use outside of your taught session. During the self-led section, you will find resources for your class to write their own warning letter using ink and quills, handle objects from around 1666, have a go at building a wooden framed building, colouring in activities and, with adult supervision, explore the Tudor gardens.

Get in touch to book

Call us on 0121 348 8001 (Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm) or email us