Celebrate your English Heritage

Posted on: 17 July 2012 by Gareth Hargreaves

Jubliee year has helped be proud of our history and heritage. Here's our guide to events at English Heritage sites in July.

medieval joustOur guide of days out at English Heritage sites around the country offers you the chance to get a taste of history in July.

Our green and pleasant land has a rich history brimming with fascinating stories, people and places. The pomp and granduer of the Diamond Jubilee has rekindled pride in who the English are as a people with a great many sites around the country chronicling our passage from Roman occupation to Norman Conquest, through Elizabethan and Georgian periods to the time of empire under Queen Victoria.

 

Romeo and Juliet

Helmsley Castle
Helmsley, North Yorkshire - YO62 5AB
Thu 12 July

Gates open at 6.45pm, performance starts at 7.30pm.
Prices: Adult: £15.00 / Concessions: £13.00 / Child: £13.00 
English Heritage Members: Adult: £15.00 / Concessions: £13.00 / Child: £13.00

Apsley After Hours

Visit Apsley House for an exclusive late night opening. Hear short talks on a variety of subjects and enjoy visiting the house after hours.

Apsley House
Hyde Park Corner, London - W1J 7NT
Fri 13 July
6pm-9pm

Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £5.90 / Child: £4.90 
English Heritage Members: Free

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings Shakespeare’s greatest love story to Warkworth Castle. Enjoy an enchanting evening of outdoor theatre at its best.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

Warkworth, Northumberland - NE65 0UJ
Fri 13 Jul
Gates open at 6.45pm, performance starts at 7.30pm.

Prices: Adult: £15.00 / Concessions: £13.00 / Child: £13.00 
English Heritage Members: Adult: £15.00 / Concessions: £13.00 / Child: £13.00

Bringing Audley End to Life!

See the Service Wing and Stables brought to life by Victorian costumed characters. Discover how this country house estate worked and played as the summer draws near.

Audley End House and Gardens
Saffron Walden, Essex - CB11 4JF
Sat 14 & Sun 15 July
11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £13.00 / Concessions: £11.70 / Child: £7.80 / Family: £33.80
English Heritage Members: Free

Sunday Afternoon Band Concert

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Doncaster, South Yorkshire - DN5 7XJ
Sun 15 July
Sun 22 July
Gates open at 3pm

Prices: Adult: £5.70 / Concessions: £5.10 / Child: £3.40 
English Heritage Members: Free

Helmsley Archaeology Store Tour

Free guided tour lead by English Heritage Collections Curators. View the archaeology collection from English Heritage properties and find out the amazing stories behind it.

Helmsley Castle
Helmsley, North Yorkshire - YO62 5AB 
Thu 19 July
Tours at 11am
Pre-booking essential. To book please contact Helmsley Tourist Information Centre on 01439 770173
Prices: free

Apsley After Hours

Visit Apsley House for an exclusive late night opening. Visitors will be able to hear short talks on a variety of subjects and enjoy visiting the house after hours.

Apsley House
Hyde Park Corner, London - W1J 7NT
Fri 20 July
6pm-9pm
Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £5.90 / Child: £4.90
English Heritage Members: Free

 

The Knights Tournament

Marvel at the medieval knights as they take on the ultimate tournament. Fully armoured and ready to do battle, watch knights in hand to hand combat, archery competitions and much more. Who will reign supreme and be the victor?

Old Sarum
Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP1 3SD
Sat 21 & Sun 22 July
11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £7.20 / Concessions: £6.40 / Child: £5.10
English Heritage Members: Adult: £3.40 / Concessions: £3.00 / Child: £2.80

 

Archaeology Week

It's the Festival of Archaeology so get hands-on and discover more about the history of Tintagel with English Heritage experts and the fascinating artefacts uncovered at the site over the years.

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel, Cornwall - PL34 0HE
Sat 21 - Sun 29 July
11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £5.70 / Concessions: £5.10 / Child: £3.40 / Family: £14.80
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Medieval JoustA Grand Medieval Joust

Experience the pageantry of a medieval joust and enjoy the thrills and spills as you cheer on your favourite knight! This full day out gives a great insight into medieval life at the castle with music, dance, falconry displays and more!

Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden
Kenilworth, Warwickshire - CV8 1NE
Sat 21 & Sun 22 July
Prices: Adult: £10.30 / Concessions: £9.30 / Child: £6.20 / Family: £26.70
English Heritage Members: Adult: £2.10 / Concessions: £1.90 / Child: £1.30 / Family: £5.40

 

Bringing Audley End to Life!

See the Service Wing and Stables brought to life by Victorian costumed characters. Discover how this country house estate worked and played as the summer draws near.

Audley End House and Gardens
Saffron Walden, Essex - CB11 4JF
Sat 21 & Sun 22 July
11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £13.00 / Concessions: £11.70 / Child: £7.80 / Family: £33.80
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Royal

Become the king for a day! Children can dress up as medieval nobles, discover medieval etiquette and then step forward to sit on the throne. Parents, make sure to bring your camera for this Time Traveller taster event.

Clifford's Tower, York
York, North Yorkshire - YO1 9SA
Sat 21 July - Sun 2 Sep

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £4.00 / Concessions: £3.60 / Child: £2.40 / Family: £10.40
English Heritage Members: Free

Dracula & Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends

Bram Stoker’s classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.  Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, in our Time Travellers Big Top.

Whitby Abbey
Whitby, North Yorkshire - YO22 4JT
Sat 21 & Sun 22 Jul
Performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Prices: Adult: £6.20 / Concessions: £5.60 / Child: £3.70 / Family: £16.10
English Heritage Members: Free

Time Travellers Go… Medieval

How would you have fared 500 years ago? Take a trip back to medieval times to find out, with plenty of fun hands-on activities and games.  

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Nr Morpeth, Northumberland - NE20 0DX
Sat 21 July - Fri 24 Aug

11am-4:30pm

Prices: Adult: £7.70 / Concessions: £6.90 / Child: £4.60 / Family: £20.00
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Archaeology

Let the kids get stuck into history with the chance to uncover clues, and handle artefacts. Take part in a sand pit dig to unveil secrets from the past. A team of Time Traveller staff have loads of themed activities too.

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum
Hexham, Northumberland - NE46 4EU
Sat 21 - Fri 27 July

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £5.20 / Concessions: £4.70 / Child: £3.10 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur and even the terrifying Dracula. Take part in Arthurian sword practice and enjoy magical stories, dressing up and hands-on activities throughout the day.

Whitby Abbey
Whitby, North Yorkshire - YO22 4JT
Sat 21 July - Mon 27 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £6.20 / Concessions: £5.60 / Child: £3.70 / Family: £16.10 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Roman Centurion

the day from colouring and paper helmet making to games to Roman drill and Roman artefact handling.  Plus try on costumes, Roman armour and a Centurion’s helmet.

Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria - CA8 7DD
Sat 21 July - Mon 27 Aug

11am-5pm

Join a Centurion for some hands on fun – with Roman themed craft activities throughout

Prices: Adult: £5.20 / Concessions: £4.70 / Child: £3.10 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Warrior weekendWarrior Weekends

Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?  Meet a costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight.  Junior knights can take part in sword practice and watch hand to hand sword fighting.

Scarborough Castle
Scarborough, North Yorkshire - YO11 1HY
Sat 21 & Sun 22 July

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £4.90 / Concessions: £4.40 / Child: £2.90 / Family: £12.70 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Meandering Monks Family Fun Trail

Time for prayers but where are the Brothers? Help find the missing mini model monks around the ruins.

Rievaulx Abbey
Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire - YO62 5LB
Sat 21 July - Fri 10 Aug

10am-6pm

Prices: Adult: £5.80 / Concessions: £5.20 / Child: £3.50 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Brodsworth HallSunday Afternoon Band Concert

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Doncaster, South Yorkshire - DN5 7XJ
Sun 22 July
Gates open at 3pm

Prices: Adult: £5.70 / Concessions: £5.10 / Child: £3.40 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Pirate Academy

Arr me hearties! Pirates, privateers and smugglers all be welcome to join a Time Traveller crew for some pirate fun an' darin'  tales from days gone by. Take part in pirate school to see if ye have what it takes to roam the seven seas. Yo-ho-ho…

Pendennis Castle
Falmouth, Cornwall - TR11 4LP
Mon 23 - Fri 27 July

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £5.90 / Child: £3.90 / Family: £16.90 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... WWII

Air raids, rationing, evacuation - how would you have fared during WWII? Find out what life was really like during the 1940s, and learn about Audley's role during the war, then take part in the children's drill and obstacle course.

Audley End House and Gardens
Saffron Walden, Essex - CB11 4JF
Mon 23 - Fri 27 July

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £13.00 / Concessions: £11.70 / Child: £7.80 / Family: £33.80 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... Cavaliers & Roundheads

Pikes at the ready! Join Oliver Cromwell's army and discover what it took to be a soldier of the English Civil War. Then test your agility in the children's battle and learn to use a pike in a soldiers drill.

Bolsover Castle
Bolsover, Derbyshire - S44 6PR
Mon 23 - Fri 27 July

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £8.00 / Concessions: £7.20 / Child: £4.80 / Family: £20.80 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Knights & Princesses

Give that toy sword a whirl or put on your prettiest dress and head back in time for activities of a medieval theme. Transform yourself into a noble lord in squire training, learn about etiquette and even try on armour in an academy for budding knights and princesses.

Framlingham Castle
Framlingham, Suffolk - IP13 9BP
Mon 23  - Fri 27 July

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £5.90 / Child: £3.90 / Family: £16.90 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... Archaeology

Let the kids get stuck into history with the chance to uncover clues and handle artefacts. Take part in a sand pit dig to unveil secrets from the past. Plus plenty of hands on activities.

Wrest Park
Luton, Bedfordshire - MK45 4HR 
Mon 23  - Fri 27 July

11am-5pm

Adult: £8.50 / Concessions: £7.70 / Child: £5.10 / Family: £22.10/ EH members free

 

Medieval Death and Disease

A light hearted look at horrid history. Meet the medieval executioner and medieval surgeon and hear their grisly tales. There will also be a chance to discover about plague and medieval burials.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage
Warkworth, Northumberland - NE65 0UJ
Wed 25 & Thu 26 July

11am-4.30pm

Prices: Adult: £5.50 / Concessions: £5.00 / Child: £3.50 / Family: £14.50 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Apsley After Hours

Apsley House
Hyde Park Corner, London - W1J 7NT
Fri 27 July

6pm-9pm

Visit Apsley House for an exclusive late night opening. Visitors will be able to hear short talks on a variety of subjects and enjoy visiting the house after hours.

Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £5.90 / Child: £4.90 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Dover CastleMedieval Siege

Experience the atmosphere and drama of a medieval castle under attack. The Siege of 1216 was one of the bloodiest that Dover Castle had ever seen. Witness the opposing forces prepare for battle, with armour displays, fletchers and blacksmiths crafting their weaponry and an awe inspiring trebuchet in action. Experience the fear and anticipation of battle with the rallying cry of generals as they prepare their soldiers for the impending bloodshed.

Dover Castle
Dover, Kent - CT16 1HU
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July
10am- 5pm

Prices: Adult: £16.50 / Concessions: £14.90 / Child: £9.90 / Family: £42.90 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

The Knights Tournament

Marvel at medieval knights as they take on the ultimate tournament. Fully armoured and ready to do battle, you can watch knights in hand to hand combat, archery competitions and much more. Who will reign supreme and be the victor?

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield
Battle, East Sussex - TN33 0AD
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July

10am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £7.50 / Concessions: £6.80 / Child: £4.50 / Family: £19.50 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Archaeology Weekend

It's the Festival of British Archaeology - this is your chance to meet a real archaeologist and to uncover artefacts from Old Sarum's history.

Old Sarum
Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP1 3SD
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £3.80 / Concessions: £3.40 / Child: £2.30
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Clash of the Knights

Watch medieval knights fighting for their honour in awesome combat displays! Learn all about the weapons of the time and explore the Living History encampments.

Ashby De La Zouch Castle
Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire - LE65 1BR
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £4.50 / Concessions: £4.10 / Child: £2.70 / Family: £11.70
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Robin Hood

Take part in an interactive performance of “Robin Hood”. Don the costumes and then head off to Sherwood Forest! Great fun for children of all ages. 

Conisbrough Castle
Doncaster, South Yorkshire - DN12 3BU
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July

11am-4.30pm

Performances at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
Prices: Adult: £5.50 / Concessions: £5.00 / Child: £3.50 / Family: £14.50
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Dracula and Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends

Bram Stoker’s classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors in a promenade performance in the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor, travelling to Dracula's remote castle. From here the story reveals a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires... These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above. There will also be activities based on these and other myths & legends in our Time Travellers Big Top.

Whitby Abbey
Whitby, North Yorkshire - YO22 4JT
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July
Performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Prices: Adult: £6.20 / Concessions: £5.60 / Child: £3.70 / Family: £16.10
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Gladiators

The stunning ruins of Chesters Roman Fort play host to a spectacular weekend of Gladiatorial combat. Cheer your champion as fully armoured Gladiators take on their opponents in this ancient sport. See the fighters in hand to hand combat and you get to judge the outcome, will you be merciful? Plus there will be the on-going Time Traveller activities for junior archaeologists.

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum
Hexham, Northumberland - NE46 4EU
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £6.00 / Child: £4.50 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Warrior Weekends

Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?  Meet a costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight.  Junior knights can take part in sword practice and watch hand to hand sword fighting.

Scarborough Castle
Scarborough, North Yorkshire - YO11 1HY
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £9.60 / Concessions: £8.60 / Child: £5.80 / Family: £25.00 
English Heritage Members: Free

Time Travellers Go… Archaeology

Let the kids get stuck into history with the chance to uncover clues and handle artefacts. Take part in a sand pit dig to unveil secrets from the past. Plus plenty of hands on activities.

Eltham Palace and Gardens
Eltham, Greenwich, London - SE9 5QE
Sun 29 July - Wed 1 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £5.70 / Concessions: £5.10 / Child: £3.40 / Family: £14.80 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Family Fun Knights Trail

One of our knights has disappeared in a fierce storm at Tintagel! He's lost somewhere within the castle ruins. If you are brave enough to track him down, a special reward awaits you!

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel, Cornwall - PL34 0HE
Mon 30 Jul - Sun 2 Sep

10am-6pm

Prices: Adult: £5.70 / Concessions: £5.10 / Child: £3.40 / Family: £14.80 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Rogues & Villains

Could you be a fearsome highwayman? Your training starts here! Take part in a thrilling musket drill, listen to the myths and legends surrounding favourite rogues and plan your own ambush.

Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden
Kenilworth, Warwickshire - CV8 1NE
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £8.20 / Concessions: £7.40 / Child: £4.90 / Family: £21.30 
English Heritage Members: Free

Time Travellers Go... Ugly Bug Safari

Grab a magnifying glass and join a Victorian explorer for a hunt through the gardens to find fascinating minibeasts. Then create your own creepy crawly to take home. 

Audley End House and Gardens
Saffron Walden, Essex - CB11 4JF
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £13.00 / Concessions: £11.70 / Child: £7.80 / Family: £33.80 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... Ugly Bug Safari

Grab a magnifying glass and join a Victorian explorer for a hunt through the gardens at the Home of Charles Darwin to find fascinating minibeasts.

Home of Charles Darwin, Down House
Downe, Kent - BR6 7JT
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £9.90 / Concessions: £8.90 / Child: £5.90 / Family: £25.70 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... Heroes & Villains

Could you be a fearsome highwayman? Your training starts here! Take part in a thrilling musket drill, listen to the myths and legends surrounding our favourite rogues and plan your own ambush.

Bolsover Castle
Bolsover, Derbyshire - S44 6PR
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £8.00 / Concessions: £7.20 / Child: £4.80 / Family: £20.80 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... Medieval

How would you have fared 500 years ago? Join Time Travellers for a journey back through the ages to medieval times and find out what life would have been like, with hands-on activities and games.

Framlingham Castle
Framlingham, Suffolk - IP13 9BP
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £5.90 / Child: £3.90 / Family: £16.90 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... Upstairs, Downstairs

Discover life in Edwardian and Victorian times, would you like to live "upstairs" or work "downstairs"? Recruiting will start for all sorts of jobs to keep the great Hall or house in order. Take part in hands on activities, butler school and traditional games.

Wrest Park
Luton, Bedfordshire - MK45 4HR
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £8.50 / Concessions: £7.70 / Child: £5.10 / Family: £22.10 
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Archaeology

Let the kids get stuck into history with the chance to uncover clues, and handle artefacts. Take part in a sand pit dig to unveil secrets from the past. Plus plenty of hands on activities.  A team of Time Traveller staff will offer themed activities from colouring and games to dressing up, sword skills, armour handling, storytelling and hands on excavation!

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum
Hexham, Northumberland - NE46 4EU
Mon 30 July - Mon 27 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £5.20 / Concessions: £4.70 / Child: £3.10
English Heritage Members: Free

 

Pendennis CastleA Grand Medieval Joust

Experience the pageantry of a medieval joust and enjoy the thrills and spills as you cheer on your favourite knight, and perhaps even meet him in person! There's plenty of laughter with entertainment from a jester, plus medieval games to play and a knights training school for children. This full day out gives an great insight into life at the castle during the medieval period with music, dance, falconry displays and much more to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Pendennis Castle
Falmouth, Cornwall - TR11 4LP
Tue 31 Jul & Wed 1 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £9.40 / Concessions: £8.50 / Child: £6.40 / Family: £24.80
English Heritage Members: Adult: £2.90 / Concessions: £2.60 / Child: £2.50 / Family: £7.90

 

Time Travellers Go… Knights & Princesses

Give that toy sword a whirl or put on your prettiest dress and head back in time for activities on a medieval theme. Transform yourself into a noble lord in squire training, and even try on armour in an academy for budding knights and princesses.

Goodrich Castle
Ross on Wye, Herefordshire - HR9 6HY
Tue 31 Jul & Wed 1 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £6.00 / Concessions: £5.40 / Child: £3.60 / Family: £15.60
English Heritage Members: Adult: Free

 

Wildlife Rangers

Summer holiday wild fun set in the spectacular grounds of Witley Court.  Get hands-on with nature and learn what it takes to be a wildlife ranger. Perfect for those with an adventurous spirit!

Witley Court and Gardens
Great Witley, Worcestershire - WR6 6JT
Tue 31 July

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £6.50 / Concessions: £5.90 / Child: £3.90 / Family: £16.90
English Heritage Members: Adult: Free

 

Time Travellers Go… Roman

Could you hack it in the Roman army? Prepare for action by taking part in Roman themed activities, including a drill to see if you've got what it takes to be a Roman soldier.

Wroxeter Roman City
Wroxeter, Shropshire - SY5 6PH
Tue 31 Jul & Wed 1 Aug

11am-5pm

Prices: Adult: £5.00 / Concessions: £4.50 / Child: £3.00 / Family: £13.00
English Heritage Members: Adult: Free

 

Time Travellers Go... Ugly Bug Safari

Grab a magnifying glass and join a Victorian explorer for a hunt through the gardens at the Home of Charles Darwin to find fascinating minibeasts.

Home of Charles Darwin, Down House
Luxted Road, Downe, Kent - BR6 7JT
Mon 30 Jul - Fri 3 Aug

11am-4pm

Prices: Adult: £9.90 / Concessions: £8.90 / Child: £5.90 / Family: £25.70
English Heritage Members: Adult: Free

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