We are a new collective, formed by freelancers with wide experience of working at many of the UK’s leading heritage sites, to create events and performances across the country.
Our team consists of historical researchers, musicians, writers, directors, videographers, performers and educators.
We exist to connect people with the UK’s past, to inspire audiences to feel a fresh sense of identity with the place in which they live and the historical sites they visit.
Our events are ambitious, accessible and inclusive, pushing the boundaries of historical interpretation whilst remaining mindful of the sensitive sites we work in.
Ghastly Goings On at
Join Lady Harrington Harrington, 1930s Ghost Detective, to discover the secret of who from the palace’s past is haunting it!
An interactive ghost hunt, scary stories, and make your own ghost: this Half-term, 21st to 29th October!
The Tower of London is being visited by Miss Phillis Wheatley, the first ever published African-American writer.
Help her uncover the forgotten stories of some trailblazing women from the Tower’s history by discovering a blacksmith, a bedchamber attendant, a suffragette and even a pirate!
TOWER OF LONDON
July 22nd – 3 September
The King’s Gambit!
Henry II is in a foul mood and you need to cheer him up.
Join forces with various characters including a Scottish noble, a trader from the Mediterranean, and a mysterious traveller, as they entertain the King with storytelling, life-size chess games and even the invention of a new Scottish game called golf!
August 1st-4th, 7th-25th and
Mary Anning Rocks!
Join fantastic fossil-hunter Mary Anning at the Yorkshire Museum as she brings the ‘Mary Anning Rocks’ exhibition to life!
Take part in her ‘Fossil Fun’ quest and create your own Ichthyosaur drawing to hang on the wall of the museum!
YORKSHIRE MUSEUM, YORK
August Fridays and Saturdays
Hampton Court Joust!
Join Henry VIII, Catalina of Motril, Anne Boleyn and Henry Percy, next Earl of Northumberland, as they compete to upstage each other – all whilst watching a real joust!
HAMPTON COURT PALACE
June & July
Restoration at the Tower
Join us at the Tower of London as we take a step back in time to 1661. Preparations are being made for Charles II’s coronation procession. Will all go to plan and be ready in time for the big day?
Meet some of the Merry Monarch’s close friends, take part in a treasure hunt to help find the missing Crown Jewels, and watch as Samuel Pepys recounts the story of the King’s daring escape whilst in exile.
May 13th – July 21st
Siege at the Castle!
Meet the guardians of the Great Tower of Dover Castle as they regale visitors with tales of heroic daring do. Learn how to defend a castle against implacable foes as you inspect the battlements for yourself.
Weekends in June and July
Roman Around York!
Heroes and heroines, muses and amusement – join us for story-telling and hands-on history amoungst the treasures of the Yorkshire Museum in the heart of York!
(Part of the Eboracum Roman Festival.)
July 8th & 9th
1797: THE MARINER’S REVENGE
From 13th October
at the world famous
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
at the Tower of London
A mini festival of fun is unfurling at the Tower of London this summer as our muddling medieval Londoners bustle about trying to sell their wares, serve the queen and put on their pageant about the ravens and a magical giant!
Performances run three times a day at 11.00, 13.00 and 14.30.
August 1st – 31st
A Game of Sport and Courtly Love
at Dover Castle
A riotously fun experience where medieval characters try and earn Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine’s affection. It’s team red vs team green, so pick a side for the sack races, dance offs and so much more.
August 1st – 26th
Elizabethan Jousting Tournament
at The Royal Armouries, Leeds
The cheers of crowds and the clash of lances on armour, as knights battle it out in an authentic Elizabethan-themed tournament. Knights and horses, pomp and pageantry all fit for Queen Elizabeth I herself, who will be in attendance
with her courtiers. Spectacular entertainment for all the family.
‘Castle of Queens’ at Leeds Castle
Join us as six famous queens are brought to life in a fast-paced, story-led show of romantics, rebels, and custard-tarts! Then join us on our Medieval Jubilee Quest!
June 2nd – 5th
Queen Eleanor at Dover Castle
Meet Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine as she runs the country in her Regency! She may look stern, but she also knows how to have fun! Learn about being in her court and discover the things she likes to do!
May 28th – June 5th
Queen Mary I at Framlingham Castle
Get ready for a right royal knees-up with Mary I, the first Queen of England, in the castle where she was proclaimed queen and discover whether she really deserves her reputation?
May 31st – June 5th
Easter at the Tower of London
Join our Tudor’s for fun and silliness at the Tower of London this Easter. There’s even a rumour some of the animals from the Tower’s menagerie are on the loose…!
April 2nd to 18th
Education at Historic Royal Palaces
Since September 2021 we’ve been delivering on-site education sessions at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace
Story-Quest at Dover Castle
Train as a knight then go on a story-quest to battle a mythical beast and save the castle!
August 2nd-13th, 16th-27th & 31st – September 5th
August at the Tower of London
It’s 1563 at the Tower of London, Plague has turned the lives of ordinary Londoners upside down, leaving them counting the cost to their families and livelihoods.
July 31st to August 31st
The Case of the Secret Story Stealer!
Have you ever wondered where all the untold stories from history disappear to? What if they are stolen away?! Welcome to ‘The Case of the Secret Story Stealer!’, a family-led trail-adventure at the Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery.
Dover at War
Something’s afoot at Dover Castle! Join us for our co-production with Time Will Tell Theatre, meet some of those involved in the war effort and see if you can uncover the secret plan! ( in partnership with Time Will Tell )
Bank Holiday Weekend 29th – 31st May
Stonehenge: The Truth!
English Heritage have decided ‘Kids rule’ at Stonehenge this May half term, so join us for our improvised show where fact meets fantastical fiction as you decide the truth of how and why Stonehenge was built!
29th May to 6th of June
Knight School: The Show
Join us for a fun-filled interactive performance, full of daring deeds, chivalrous conduct and superb swordplay in the legendary moat of the Tower of London. Find out what it takes to become a true knight from the comfort of your own socially-distanced area on the lawn.
29th May to 6th of June
Easter at the Castle
As part of English Heritage’s Members’ Week we’ve been asked to bring back the delights of ‘Winter at the Castle’. This time we travel to Kenilworth Castle and to Eltham Palace!
First Sundays continue!
So why not come to the ORNC for some ‘Mischief and Mayhem’!
Tudor Palace Palaver!
Meet Henry VIII’s mother, Elizabeth of York, as she visits her favourite palace at Greenwich to see how the new building work is going. There’s drama in the air with an upcoming Royal Wedding, construction and Henry’s 10th birthday party. Audiences can immerse themselves in Tudor life, get involved in the story and try to impress the queen as they follow this online show.
OTHER 2020-1 HIGHLIGHTS
at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
On the first sunday of every month a chance to spot some of the characters who have populated Greenwich’s past!
Christmas at the Castle
An Interactive Zoom Event.
It’s Christmas 1497 and Lady Margaret Beaufort is spending Christmas at the Castle, join her and many other fun characters in this fact-filled interactive Medieval experience.
Ghost Stories in the Painted Hall
A Halloween Late at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
Come and be spooked at an after-hours performance of storytelling and music in the Painted Hall on the 30th and 31st October