Having fun with history at Audley End House and Gardens

PUBLISHED: 16:47 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 21:51 31 May 2010

A RANGE of exciting summer events has been lined up at Audley End House and Gardens this summer. Time Traveller s Go allows children to venture into the past and take on some of history s greatest roles. English Heritage has organised the events

A RANGE of exciting summer events has been lined up at Audley End House and Gardens this summer.

Time Traveller's Go allows children to venture into the past and take on some of history's greatest roles.

English Heritage has organised the events on the back of its recent research which suggests that half of the nation's children feel they do not know enough about the country's history, despite 90 per cent highly valuing England's rich history and desperate to learn more.

The research has also provided an insight into children's historical likes and dislikes - most would most like to return to Tudor times while their most favoured historical job is that of a prince or princess.

Henry VIII's 'cut throat' antics won the majority of boys over as he was voted their favourite historical character, while Florence Nightingale's healing nature impressed the girls.

Historical events advisor and performer for English Heritage, Mark Griffin, said: "It is great to see that kids are getting really enthusiastic about history - the Time Travellers Go events club is a great way for them to meet new friends, discover how fun learning can be and to explore history in a fun, creative way.

"Many of the events will be hosted by colourful historic characters who remain very much in character the whole day, making sure children experience a truly memorable day out."

All new Time Travellers are presented with their very own 'passport' to the past and awarded a sticker at each event attended. Once the passport is full, they'll receive a special Time Traveller reward for completing their training.

Time Travellers Go events taking place at Audley End House and Gardens across the summer are:

ARCHAEOLOGY July 29-August 2

Take part in a mini dig, then race against time to rescue the precious relic as you make your way through an obstacle course.

WORLD WAR TWO August 5-9

Take a look at life during World War Two. Find out all about secret codes and signalling systems and see inside an air raid shelter and make your own tank to take home.

CRIME & PUNISHMENT August 12-16

Find out about the most gruesome types of punishment from days gone by and experience for yourself what it would have been like to spend a night in the stocks or behind bars

FOOD & FALCONS August 19-23

Meet a Victorian gardener as he shows off his most terrifying traps to rid the garden of those pesky pests. See magnificent hawks and falcons in flight and find out how they would have brought food to the table. Budding gardeners can plant seeds to take home.

SECRETS & SPIES August 26-28

Have you got what it takes to become a top secret agent or super sleuth? Join in a day of clue cracking and cipher decoding to hone your skills of detection.

Time Travellers Go events are open from from 11am-5pm

Prices are: adults £10.70, concessions £9.10, children £5.40*, Family Ticket £26.80

English Heritage members go free.

For further details visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/timetravellersgo

*All children are welcome to join in the events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help fund entertainment activity.


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