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Life in the Dark Ages

Following the departure of the Romans and before the arrival of the Normans, our island was attacked, settled and attacked some more by numerous tribes from North Western Europe. School children will likely know the Anglo Saxons as being our long ago ancestors and the Vikings as being their pesky neighbours, but the reality is rather more complicated.

Learning about the Saxons and the Vikings for a school topic can be greatly enhanced by a visit to, or from, some of the truly enlightening museums and living history exhibits that specialise in information and resources from this fascinating period of our history. Scroll down for a quick overview of the Anglo Saxon and Viking periods and to find our school trip recommendations for places to visit to bring the subject to life.

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The Vikings



We make history fun, engaging and informative by using hands-on outdoor activities, reconstructed artifacts and costumes to provide an immersive experience of the Vikings!

Our activities help to increase attainment, equip your pupils with valuable social skills and increase their appetite for learning. In addition to our educational History Packages, your pupils can experience a wide variety of other exciting activities including the new Rooftop Rider Zip Wire, Archery and High Ropes. Our adventurous activities have been recognised for their emphasis on education, personal develop, safe practice and enjoyment! We are proud to hold the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge and the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA) accreditation. We know that learning can successfully extend beyond the walls of a classroom and into the great outdoors. When done effectively, outdoor learning can transfer into a range of life skills, changes in...

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YMCA Bath
YMCA Bath

Geography, Environmental Geography, History, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Georgian, Victorian, Accommodation Only

Bath is well known for being the site of the legendary battle of Badon 500AD, which the Welsh annals say was the twelfth and greatest battle fought by Arthur against the invading Saxons. Bath finally fell to the Saxons at the Battle of Dyrham Park just to the north of the city. Although the great Ro

Saxons and Vikings
Saxons and Vikings

History, Saxons, Vikings

Join us on a journey into the Dark Ages as we raid, trade and settle! Discover life as a warrior and try out life in a longhouse. With Saxon and Viking Kings across the period, who'll end up at the top?

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent
Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Business, Art

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A day trip to the stunning Isle of Wight is only a short ferry crossing away! With only a small stretch of water between you and the island, the Isle of Wight offers a truly unique experience and can be reached in as little as 12 minutes!

Vikings
Vikings

History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN

Experience daily life as an Anglo Saxon, including living in a roundhouse and hands on farming. Re enact a viking raid starting in our life size longboat, hear the viking myths told around the fire.




The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

Geography, Human Geography, Archaeology, History, Saxons, Vikings, Performing Arts, Art

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The whole day is based around the Anglo-Saxons settlement in Britain after the Romans left and how they impacted on our landscape. There are various activities during the day that keep the children engaged which will enhance their learning. The workshop encourages the children to participate as muc

Tales and Treasures
Tales and Treasures

History, Saxons

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Our workshops are hands-on, engaging and most importantly, enjoyable! The children develop their understanding of everyday life as an Anglo-Saxon through investigation, artefact-handling, music and drama and a range of historical sources. From hoards and treasures, to tales and riddles, we explore t

Old Sarum
Old Sarum

Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval

Find out more about life in the Anglo-Saxon period through character Aelfred in the ‘Hidden Now Heard’ backpacks resource, and try making your own Saxon shield wall with the bookable Saxon shields and Vikings swords resource. Download a battle script in the Top 5 Activities resource on the Engli

Sayers Croft
Sayers Croft

History, Physical Education, Wildlife, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, SEN

Sayers Croft is nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills and provides outdoor experiences for 27,000 visitors each year for all ages and abilities through our bespoke residential and day visits, Duke of Edinburgh programme and family run events.


Portals To The Past
Portals To The Past

English, Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar

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Portals to the Past provide high quality history workshops in schools for KS2, led by experienced historical re-enactors and historians. Available across most of England. From the Stone Age through to WW2 our workshops come to your school.

Viking & Saxons Workshop: 878 The Battle of Eðandun
Viking & Saxons Workshop: 878 The Battle of Eðandun

History, Saxons, Vikings

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If you choose a Saxon focus, the morning workshop focuses on making and role play. The pupils will be met by the Thegn or Lord of the village, who will guide them around the village. After a short introduction the children will engage in a series of activities and role play that will immerse them in

Hands on History
Hands on History

History, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Georgian, Industrial, Victorian, Edwardian

Immersive historical learning experiences take you back in time with fully custom-made experiences.

Tales and Treasures online Anglo-Saxon workshop
Tales and Treasures online Anglo-Saxon workshop

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History, Saxons

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Horses, birds, snakes, why did the Anglo-Saxons decorate their treasures with these creatures and what did they mean? Come with us as we discover Anglo-Saxon culture and the many ways animals were important to both their beliefs and everyday lives through our interactive online workshop.


Crime & Punishment
Crime & Punishment

History, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Elizabethans, Victorian

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CRIME & PUNISHMENT INTRODUCTION - We start any part of this workshop by giving you a broad overview of the topic. This is then followed by smaller activities that focus on the different era's that we are covering. ANGLO SAXON CRIME & PUNISHMENT The children will find out about tithin

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre
Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, History, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Physical Education, SEN

We are an independent centre in beautiful North Norfolk, run by qualified teachers and experienced instructors. We offer an exciting range of curriculum linked outdoor activities to a loyal following of schools - one on their 27th visit in 2018!

Vikings and Saxons
Vikings and Saxons

History, Saxons, Vikings

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We offer exciting, immersive and inspiring Viking & Saxon workshops for schools, presented by a charismatic team of “performing historians” with a deep-rooted passion for their subject.

Viking Workshops
Viking Workshops

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History, Saxons, Vikings, Performing Arts, SEN

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During this Drama Hut Workshop we meet 'Astrid' The Viking and travel back in time to 793 AD. Together, the children will create images of Viking Britain, set sail in a Viking longboat, solve riddles and discover why the Vikings came to our shore!


Saxon Workshops
Saxon Workshops

Citizenship, Maths, History, Saxons, Design Technology, SEN

Workshops need to take place in the school dining hall, gym or sports hall. Please allow a minimum of 2 Square Metres of space per student.

The Island Classroom
The Island Classroom

English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Archaeology, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Business, Physical Education, Art, Farm

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Do you like the idea of teaching your curriculum while your students minds are wide open? When better for them to learn than during the fun of your school trip? We are the Island Classroom, where you can combine fun with education in a unique way.

Immersive Experiences
Immersive Experiences

Environmental Geography, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, SEN

Immersive Experiences is the UK's leading multi-diciplinary mobile planetariums and sensory learning experiences company. Over 15 subjects | National Curriculum & Common Entrance 13 level | Over 160 programs to suit all ages | SEN/SLD/PMLD

Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre
Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre

English, Maths, Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Archaeology, Geology, History, Saxons, Vikings, Victorian, worldwar, Religious Education, Physical Education, Art, Bushcraft

Based at our Anglo-Saxon House on the fringes of the Danelaw, your pupils will be transported back to the time when the whisperings of a united England were being spoken by King Alfred. Discover the events of the Saxon invaders and how they settled across the country, through to the fall of the Angl


Hands on History Online
Hands on History Online

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History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Monarchs, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, worldwar

Immersive historical learning experiences take you back in time with fully custom-made experiences.

Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle

History, Saxons, Medieval

Founded soon after 1066 by William Peveril and overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale, Peveril Castle is a fantastic and historically important site to explore on a free self-led school visit. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. The keep wa

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle

English, History, Saxons, Medieval

Between the 5th and 7th centuries, while the Anglo-Saxons created their kingdoms in south-east England, archaeological investigations have uncovered evidence of pottery, glass and building remains from this time that show that Tintagel was a large settlement with trade links to the Mediterranean. Fi

Theatre Workshop
Theatre Workshop

English, Geography, Environmental Geography, Archaeology, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar, Performing Arts, SEN

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Theatre Workshop have been visiting schools for over 25 years with fun filled active workshops. Our workshops certainly have the WOW factor and will get you pupils scrabbling for the internet to research for themselves. Book NOW


Lost Vikings Escape Rooms
Lost Vikings Escape Rooms

English, Archaeology, History, Saxons, Vikings, Significant Individuals, Beyond Living Memory, Physical Education, Art

The children will need to read and be confident in a fast past environment and work together under pressure. Children will need to read questions and clues during their Escape Room Experience if they want to have a good chance of beating all of the rooms in time We also include an interactive 60-mi

Historical Experiences
Historical Experiences

History, Prehistory, Greeks, Romans, Saxons, Medieval, SEN

Providing inventive historical activities across the UK for both schools, business and private parties. These experiences have been designed to transport your audiences into a period and time, as close to the real thing as possible.

Viking School Days
Viking School Days

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History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN

Viking School Days provides a unique Viking or Anglo-Saxon experience with a selection of school visits, workshops and online resources. The Anglo-Saxon session is focussed on Britain’s settlement by the Anglo-Saxons, as detailed in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Your students will swear the

Anglo Saxons!
Anglo Saxons!

History, Saxons

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Our Anglo Saxon workshops cover an entire period in History from when the Saxons first raided Britain, the Romans leaving and the gradual settling of the Saxon tribes. We cover the Christianisation of the Saxons, their customs and beliefs, conflict with the Vikings and their eventual conquest by th


1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

Geography, Human Geography, History, Saxons, Medieval, Monarchs, Performing Arts, Religious Education

Discover the story of Harold Godwinson, last Anglo Saxon king of England, and the events leading up to his defeat at the Battle of Hastings. Enhance learning with an expert-led Discovery Visit Workshop, and hear the story of 1006 from an Anglo-Saxon story-teller in CONQUEST TOUR AND TALES (KS2-3).

History Workshops
History Workshops

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History, Prehistory, Greeks, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Significant Individuals, Beyond Living Memory, Black History, Performing Arts, SEN

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The Drama Hut specialise in bringing on-site and online workshops directly to your school, covering a wide range of curricular topics. Through drama, improvisation and role play let us create a unique learning experience for your school!

Vikings
Vikings

laptop icon online workshop available
History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN

So much fun they won't realise they're learning! Bring the Viking age to life in your own school with authentically-dressed, experienced specialists and high quality artefacts and activities designed to educate, stimulate and inspire follow-on work

History in South West England
History in South West England

History, Romans, Saxons, Medieval

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Take a trip back in time and get hands on through a series of workshops and guided visits to learn about Roman, Saxon and Medieval history in South West England. Numerous learning opportunities will bring our history alive!


ANGLO-SAXONS AND VIKINGS
ANGLO-SAXONS AND VIKINGS

History, Saxons, Vikings

Relive Thorgil the Viking's journey from Denmark to England or explore the settlement, life and culture of the Anglo-Saxons.

Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Priory

History, Romans, Saxons, Vikings

On the north east coast of England lies the small island of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island. Untouched by the Roman occupation, this spiritual place became an important centre for Celtic Chritianity. An ideal visit for pupils studying Saxons and Vikings!

Anglo Saxon Workshop
Anglo Saxon Workshop

Citizenship, Maths, History, Saxons, Design Technology, Performing Arts, PSHE

Hands-On Building Workshops For KS2 to fit in with the curriculum on Settlers & Invaders. Complimenting our Viking Longboat workshop and Roman Villa. Pupils build a Saxon Roundhouse 6m in diameter, 3m high, large enough for them to all occupy

FSC Bishops Wood
FSC Bishops Wood

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Wildlife, Bushcraft

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During the day pupils will undertake a number of activities, games and investigations focussing on either the Saxons time. After arriving at our Saxon Hall you will learn skills such as brooch making, spinning wool, hurdle and clay pot making. Inside the Hall you will get a sense of what life was li


York
York

History, Religious Education, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Victorian, worldwar, SEN

York is a fantastic destination for groups of all ages and home to some of the UK's most iconic landmarks. Attractions and visits include the "Diagon Alley-esque" Shambles, York Minster, Jorvik, York Museum Gardens & the National Railway Museum.

The Sensational Saxons & Vikings
The Sensational Saxons & Vikings

History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN

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Take the stress out of organizing a school trip, our workshop comes to you. With our Wow factor pop up theatre experience. The Saxon & Viking Workshop is Packed full of fun & facts and has a real wow factor Meet a Saxon who tells the gripping tale of Beowulf & what life was really like dur

Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey

English, History, Saxons, Medieval, Religious Education, SEN

The first Anglican monastery founded at Whitby during the Anglo-Saxon period was a key site in early Christianity in North East England. Learn about Christian conversion, Abbess St Hild and Anglo-Saxon art and culture. To enhance your learning, book a MONKS, MONASTERIES AND MEDIEVAL LIFE Life hands

Anglo Saxons
Anglo Saxons

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History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN

So much fun they won't realise they're learning! Authentically dressed Anglo Saxon specialists bring early England to life with replica artefacts, and inventive activities designed to educate, inspire and stimulate. A whole term's learning in a day!


Ufton Court
Ufton Court

History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, worldwar, Bushcraft, SEN

At Ufton, we provide engaging history and outdoor learning school trips for Schools across the South East.

Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre
Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre

Geography, Environmental Geography, Science, Biology, History, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Victorian, worldwar, Physical Education, Art, Wildlife, Bushcraft, SEN

Based at our Anglo-Saxon House on the fringes of the Danelaw, your pupils will be transported back to the time when the whisperings of a united England were being spoken by King Alfred. Discover the events of the Saxon invaders and how they settled across the country, through to the fall of the Angl

Immersive Storytelling
Immersive Storytelling

laptop icon online workshop available
English, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, Edwardian

Covid-safe in-person performances designed to stimulate children's creativity and love of literacy

The Vikings
The Vikings

English, History, Saxons, Vikings, Bushcraft, SEN

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We make history fun, engaging and informative by using hands-on outdoor activities, reconstructed artifacts and costumes to provide an immersive experience of the Vikings!


Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park
Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Saxons, Vikings, PSHE

Discover our outdoor learning programmes, set in 120 acres of land and forestry. Be inspired by our interactive, hands on history and outdoor workshops.

Viking Workshop
Viking Workshop

Geography, Human Geography, History, Saxons, Vikings, Performing Arts, Art

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A totally interactive exploration of the Vikings through Stories, Artefacts, Costumes, Coin Making and a whole lot of 8th and 9th century history.

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

English, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Monarchs, Victorian, Beyond Living Memory, Local History, Performing Arts, Art, SEN

Leeds Castle offers the 'From Cave to Castle (KS2)' themed workshop. Using costume and drama it is an interactive look at how people lived and humans developed from the Hunter Gatherer period, through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, on to the Roman and Anglo Saxon eras. Includes a tour of the Castl

Anglo Saxon Workshop & Wow Day
Anglo Saxon Workshop & Wow Day

History, Saxons

Dan Tastic Education uses a wide array of props, historical items, weapons, armour, videos, group discussion and teacher in role style student participation to cover the following topics during an Anglo Saxon Wow Day: Life in 400CE Anglo-Saxon Warriors Conquering of Britain Looking at Historic


Anglo Saxons
Anglo Saxons

History, Saxons, Performing Arts

Sutton who? Sutton Hoo of course! As an early medieval cemetery, Sutton Hoo was jam-packed with a wealth of Anglo Saxon artefacts. But what do these objects tell us about the world of the Anglo Saxons and how they lived? Let's use drama to find out!

Dan Tastic History
Dan Tastic History

History, Prehistory, Greeks, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian

Anglo Saxon Workshop, Wow Day & School Visit! An exciting display of historical items, armour, weapons, shields, 1300 year old coins and lots of other interesting props. Using humour and a huge wealth of knowledge on the subject matter, your Dan Tastic Workshop Facilitator will educate and entertain

Anglo-Saxon Village
Anglo-Saxon Village

History, Geography, Saxons, Human Geography

We provide an insight in to the every day environment you would typically find in an Anglo-Saxon village. Through our unique atmosphere and our fascinating dispays, the village is a must for any pupils studying

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The Dark Ages

Following the demise of the Roman period in Britain, the country gradually splintered into tribal areas. With no central control, the country was a patchwork of administrative centres, clinging to forms of political structure. Boundaries were fast moving as warrior tribes from the continent arrived to settle. They expanded their territory and established small kindgdoms in order to control the local population, land and trade. The period lasted from around 450AD until the arrival of the Normans in 1066, and is known as the Dark Ages as society did not really progress from where it had been during the Roman period and record keeping declined, so there isn't as much information about daily life as we would expect. There was plenty going on in the Dark Ages, but some historians see it as a time where Britain was, for various reasons, treading water.

Anglo Saxons

The Saxons (the name for the Angles, Saxons and Jutes of Germanic Europe) landed in the South East of Britain, before spreading north and west. As well as warriors, they were farmers and settlers and quickly established one of the earliest European legal codes, which sought to bring order to the British lands that they now controlled.

Vikings

By 800, a new group of invaders were viewing Britain as a useful asset and began to raid and later settle. These were the Danes, Vikings or Norsemen from Scandinavia. The Viking raids were so successful that their power and influence almost completely took over from the Saxons and large swathes of the country were under the control of the Danelaw. It was not until 1066 with the arrival of the Normans that the Viking influence eventually ceased.



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