Posted in Anne Boleyn, Places to visit

The Mystery of the letter from the Tower, May 6th 1536.

Could this letter have been sent from Anne Boleyn to her husband, Henry VIII, while she was imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting her trial or is it a forgery?

The letter in the British Library

A legend claims that ‘Anne’s’ letter was found amongst Thomas Cromwell’s belongings, In his rooms after his execution, in June 1540. The letter above is said to be a copy of Anne’s original letter which had been damaged.

Cromwell was the king’s Principal Secretary who many historians believe planned and arranged the fall of the Boleyn family and their friends in one foul sweep in May 1536. Cromwell certainly, gained prestige from the disgrace of the Boleyn family:

Continue reading “The Mystery of the letter from the Tower, May 6th 1536.”

Posted in Places to visit, Tudor Medicine

Tudor medicine… Frog’s spawn anyone?

Tudor physicians believed that fish could cause leprosy, Fresh fruit was considered unhealthy and the stars could put our bodies ‘humours’ completely out out of balance.

The bills of mortality show that Tudor people thought they could die from things such as: wind, worms, gripping of the guts, the teeth, a cough and even of surprise. There were many other Tudor ailments that we don’t even think of as being fatal or even ailments at all. Tudor beliefs about health and medicine can be very strange to modern eyes.

Readers could be forgiven for feeling that the surviving notes of doctor Hall, who practiced in Elizabethan England are more like spells from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books than anything like the serious medical documents they were intended to be:

To stop bleeding from the nose a small cloth was dipped into frog spawn and left to dry. This little ‘tent’ was then inserted into the nostril. (Frog spawn was meant to cool burns and inflammation.) Then clay was applied to the forehead, temples and neck. Continue reading “Tudor medicine… Frog’s spawn anyone?”

Posted in Places to visit

Bespoke Birthday Parties at the palace! Book now…

Historic Royal Palaces are now offering bespoke Children’s birthday parties at Hampton Court Palace to keep your Little Tudors entertained, intrigued and informed.

Available packages

Is your Prince or Princess about to celebrate a birthday? Or do you know a young King or Queen who would love to show their friends one of their palaces?

Then look no further than Hampton Court Palace!

There are four packages available and prices are £350 plus a price per child according to the package chosen.

Page or Maid of Honour: £350.00 plus £1.00 per child
(includes: staff support, entry, private room hire, facilitated Tudor trail/guided tour)

Knight or Lady: £350.00 plus £3.00 per child
(includes: Page/Maid package plus a craft activity)

Prince or Princess: £350.00 plus £7.50 per child
(includes: Page/Maid package plus children’s party food and birthday cup-cakes)

King or Queen: £350.00 plus £9.50 per child
(includes: Page/Maid package plus a craft activity and children’s party food and birthday cup-cakes)

Prices are valid until 28 February 2017


What’s included

All parties include staff support, entry, private room hire and a facilitated Tudor trail/guided tour.

All Little Tudors children’s birthday parties are held within palace opening hours and must have finished at least half an hour before the palace closes.

There is no minimum number of party attendees but the maximum number, including any siblings or relations taking part in the party, is 25.

Prices include entry and activities for two adults and the birthday child only. All other children – including siblings/relations – need to pay the applicable price per child.

If you have any queries please call 020 3166 6000. Otherwise return the completed booking form below, and the catering form where applicable, to:

The Contact Centre
Barrack Block
Hampton Court Palace

Fax: 020 3166 6514


If you are looking for a party to accommodate more than 25 guests or if you would like a private space near the Magic Garden (summer months only) please contact the Events Team on 020 3166 6507 or regarding hire of the Garden Room. The Garden Room hire fees start from £3,000 + VAT

Court Jester
Henry VIII’s court jester Will Somers entertaining the crowds at Hampton Court Palace. Feasting cooks, fire-eating fools, fan-faring musicians and masqued entertainers are all desperate to impress King Henry VIII as he celebrates the festive season in right royal style. Witness this extravagance of court life until New Year’s Day at Henry’s pleasure palace, Hampton Court Palace. Credit: Lawrence Looi / 28/12/2007


Posted in Places to visit

Take a walk down the Time Tunnel and spend a day in the Elizabethan England…

The moat at Kentwell Hall.

I cannot put into words how good Kentwell Hall ‘do Tudor.’

If you want to experience an authentic recreation of Tudor England then this incredible Suffolk experience has to be the best. Kentwell Hall have been staging live Tudor events since 1978 and when they say  Our Tudor days are unrivalled in scale and ‘What we offer is still the biggest, most comprehensive, and most authentic Tudor experience you will get anywhere’ on their website they are not exaggerating! They have over 250 ‘Tudors’ who are enthusiastic and thoroughly absorbed in their Tudor roles. Continue reading “Take a walk down the Time Tunnel and spend a day in the Elizabethan England…”

Posted in Places to visit, Tudor cookery

Tudor Cook-along videos and recipes!!

Fylettys en galentyn recipe: A rich dish of roast pork stewed in caramelised onion gravy…

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 Ingredients: to make 4 portions

  • 400g (14 ounces) roast pork
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 pint (600ml) gravy – a good beef stock will do, with powdered pepper, cinnamon, cloves (one is plenty) and mace for an optional Tudor taste
  • 1 teacup of breadcrumbs – brown bread works best
  • 1 level teaspoon of vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

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Posted in Free app, Free printables, Homework and school projects, Places to visit

Free printable s and app!


Tudor free stuff: Great for half term!  And Tudor Web chat contact for schools from the Mary Rose museum: Enjoy!!!

Free App ‘Mary Rose :

Build the Mary Rose, Henry the VIII’s favorate ship: buildaship-bw


Printable: Build Henry VIII with instructions: MYOHenryV


Build a sundial: sundial (1) Printable:

pocket-sundial                                                                                       Make Hatch: the dog who lived on the Mary Rose: hatch

Free puzzle sheets:

The-Master-Gunner (1)

The-Cook (1)


Printable: Make a Mary Rose flagon: colour-maryroseflagon


Make a cannon:  colour-iron-gun-pt2colour-iron-gun-pt1


The gift shop link:

Teacher Alert!!!!! Global Web Chat for schools!!

For a small fee teachers can book a web chat session for their school from the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth England. The Mary Rose website says:

‘Talk to our experts via live video link. Find out more about life on board the ship or how our scientists have conserved her for future generations’

Teachers say,“It was a wonderful way for the children to become more engaged with history and each class left enthusing about how interesting it had been. I will whole-heartedly recommend the service to friends and colleagues.”

“Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team!!!  Exwick Heights really enjoyed their web session and hope to do it again in the future!”

Web chat £25 + VAT

Contact us    02392 871119

Visitors’ guides are available in different languages, and we also provide children’s guides in Bengali, Chinese, Polish, French, German,Italian and Spanish.



Posted in Framlingham, Places to visit

Framlingham: Ed Sheeran’s home town!

Ed singing in his hometown: The church and Castle can clearly be seen in this video!

The church and tombs:

Saint Michael’s church, in Framlingham, Suffolk, has the tombs of Henry Fitzroy Duke of Richmond (who was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII) Thomas Howard 3rd Duke of Norfolk.(who was Anne Boleyn’s infamous uncle.) his long suffering wife and his son Henry Earl of Surrey. Surrey was executed on Tower Hill on 19th January 1547 and surprisingly, for a executed traitor, has a wonderful tomb. Continue reading “Framlingham: Ed Sheeran’s home town!”