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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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Tintagel Castle


Our outdoor displays guide you through the history of the castle and the role that legends have played in shaping the site. A series of panels reveal 1,500 years of Tintagel's past - from a royal stronghold, to thriving trading port, to a castle of romantic stories. A stone compass points to places connected with the tales of King Arthur and children will love the story stones around the medieval garden ruins. Search for Merlin's face hidden in the rocks on the beach. On the island, look for the bronze sculpture 'Gallos', inspired by the legend of King Arthur and the historic royal figures associated with Tintagel. Climb the 148 steps on to the 'Island' and pass through the wooden door into what was the Great Hall built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. Walk beyond this Inner Ward area...

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

Immersive Experiences

Midlands
Citizenship, English, History, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, Design Technology, Physical Education, SEN


Castle Life: The tour aims to teach the children basic information regarding life in medieval times through an exploration of people’s jobs, wages and lifestyle. In particular this tour focuses on those who would be working in and around the castle in the preparations for battle. Norman Conques...

Warwick Castle
Viking Workshops
Viking Workshops
★★★★★

London & South East, North
History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN


Journey back in time to Anglo Saxon Britain in one of the famous Viking Longboats. With Astrid the Viking as their guide, through improvisation, song, riddles and movement, the children will begin to explore life during this fascinating period. ...

Viking Workshops
★★★★★

North East
History, Romans, Saxons


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!...

Lindisfarne Priory



North
English, Maths, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Victorian, worldwar, Design Technology, Food, PSHE, Farm, SEN


Explore the turbulent world of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, as you step back in time into our historic settlement. Experience home life, religion, work, battle, trade, food, language and geography with the help of our historical characters....

Learn at Tatton Park

London & South East, South West, East of England, East Midlands, Midlands, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales
Maths, History, SEN, Saxons


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. ...

Saxon Workshops

London & South East
History, Saxons


History: Take your students to Hastings to learn about 1066 & the Battle of Hastings. Visits include Battle Abbey & Battlefield, Hastings Castle, Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral, Pevensey Bay & Castle...

Hastings school trips

London & South East
English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Physical Education


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. ...

The Island Classroom

East of England
Science, History, Geography, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Physical Education


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!...

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre
★★★★★
Viking School Days
Viking School Days
★★★★★

All UK Regions
History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN


In response to an increasing demand, Viking School Days provides an entertaining and interactive learning experience in schools across the UK. We bypass all the difficulties associated with organising trips and bring history to life in your classroom...

Viking School Days
★★★★★

Yorkshire
Science, 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. ...

York
Sayers Croft
Sayers Croft
★★★★★

London & South East
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. ...

Sayers Croft
★★★★★

London & South East
Science, History, Geography, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN, Twentieth Century


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! ...

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

London & South East
Science, History, Art, Prehistory, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, SEN


Leeds Castle in Kent offers an exciting range of themed workshops, self-guided visits and fun-packed itineraries ensure your school group will learn that there is so much more to Leeds Castle than history. ...

Leeds Castle

London & South East
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. ...

Vikings

All UK Regions
History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN


Bring History Alive in Your School. From just £200, bring your very own Warrior to your school hall. Arriving in full attire of the time, we immerse your class in the turbulent period of Viking or Anglo Saxon life over 1,000 years ago....

Viking and Saxon Workshops

London & South East
Science, History, Bushcraft, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, worldwar, SEN


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

Ufton Court
Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm
★★★★★

London & South East
History, Prehistory, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Farm, SEN


From Saxon Britain, Butser Ancient Farm offers a choice of activities to teach children about life in the past. Our reconstructed Saxon house gives children an authentic experience of life in the past, with a traditionally-built oak-framed building, a treasure hide, and smoked meats hanging under th...

Butser Ancient Farm
★★★★★

All UK Regions
English, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar, Geography, Human Geography, Bushcraft


This workshop in elements of Maths, English and Geography as well as artefacts and having fun....

Portals To The Past

London & South East
Science, History, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, SEN


The GBC located of junction 5 of the M3 in the historic village of Rotherwick, providing residential and day visit opportunities for schools within its 25 acres set in a conservation area and benefit from a wealth of natural charms. ...

The Gordon Brown Centre
★★★★★

Midlands
English, History, Bushcraft, SEN, Saxons, 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! ...

The Vikings

London & South East
History, Design Technology, Geography, Saxons, SEN


A unique trip that brings the topic of the Anglo Saxons alive with perfect replica costumes, original and replica artifacts, stunning woodland building with fire place, and hands on activities related to Saxon life in the Meon Valley. ...

Saxons in the Meon Valley

London & South East
History, SEN, Saxons, Vikings


From Saxon Britain, Butser Ancient Farm offers a choice of activities to teach children about life in the past. Our reconstructed Saxon house gives children an authentic experience of life in the past, with a traditionally-built oak-framed building, a treasure hide, and smoked meats hanging under th...

Saxons and Vikings

North East
History, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, SEN


Bring the curriculum to life and inspire your students with a visit to Scarborough Castle. Dominating Scarborough's headland, the sites history spans some 3000 years Stone Age all the way through to Medieval Britain. ...

Scarborough Castle

Vikings
Vikings
★★★★★

All UK Regions
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 ...

Vikings
★★★★★

All UK Regions
History, Saxons, Vikings


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. ...

Vikings and Saxons

North East
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 hands-on w...

Whitby Abbey

Midlands
History, Geography, Wildlife, Prehistory, Saxons, Biology, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, SEN


A range of outdoor, hands on activities to enrich curriculum learning. Set in the beautiful venue of Forestry England's Wyre Forest. Activities promote SMSC and PHSE outcomes too. ...

Curriculum Enrichment - Outdoor Learning

History Workshops
History Workshops
★★★★★

London & South East, North
History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, SEN


The Drama Hut brings on-site 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. ...

History Workshops
★★★★★

All UK Regions
History, Saxons, Vikings


By Historic Workshops. Want your children to experience the battle formations and tactics of the Vikings? Do you want them to handle authentic, replica weapons and equipment? Then look no further! Historic Workshops will deliver! ...

Viking Workshop

London & South East
History, Design Technology, Geography, Saxons, SEN


We can bring the Saxons to you! Bring the Saxons topic alive in your classroom. With our stunning replica artifacts and costumes. Pupils will enjoy using natural materials with creative hands on activities and learn all about the life of the Saxons...

Saxons Outreach Program
Dan Tastic History
Dan Tastic History
★★★★★

All UK Regions
Science, History, Geography, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Geography, SEN


Dan Tastic Education brings history to life with incredible Wow Days! Your pupils will be inspired to read, write & enjoy learning by having a 'real' historical character visit the school with a vast array of props & tales of exciting adventures! ...

Dan Tastic History
★★★★★

All UK Regions
History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN


Meet a Lady from Saxon times & learn about her busy life. Listen to the story of Beowulf as he slays Grendel & the Dragon. Row a Viking longboat across the sea to raid Britain. Hear Erik Bloodaxe, the bravest Viking, tell of his heroic adventures. ...

The Sensational Saxons & Vikings

All UK Regions
History, Saxons


We cover a huge amount about the Anglo-Saxons by handling weapons and equipment, handling real artefacts from the time and going through activities that have been designed to represent how they would have been carried out all those years ago....

Anglo-Saxon Workshop

Midlands
Maths, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Ancient Civilisations, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Design Technology, Geography, Fieldstudies, Art, PSHE


Explore life in an Anglo Saxon settlement with hands on activities at our Forest School site. Weave nets for the sailors, play Saxon games, weaving fishing nets and make traditional Anglo Saxon food....

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

All UK Regions
History, SEN, Saxons, Vikings


Longship have been providing Viking & Saxon history workshops in schools since 1992 and we visit schools all over the UK, we average over 200 school workshops per year and have visited 1000's of schools a large number of them book a return visit ...

Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop

All UK Regions
History, Saxons, Performing Arts


During the course of the workshop day, our drama facilitator will guide your class through exploration of the people in Anglo Saxon society, their Gods and ancient burial traditions....

Anglo Saxons

London & South East
History, Geography, Religious Education, Saxons, Medieval


Step back in time to 1066 and bring the curriculum to life at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield. Discover more about the most famous date in English history while walking in the steps of King Harold and William the Conqueror. ...

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

All UK Regions
English, History, Languages, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar, SEN


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 ...

Theatre Workshop

East Midlands
Citizenship, History, PSHE, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, SEN


Join us and explore real historical court cases through role-play in one of the longest running courts in England. ...

Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle

London & South East, South West, East of England, East Midlands, Midlands, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales
Maths, History, Design Technology, SEN, Saxons, Vikings


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

Anglo Saxon Workshop

East of England
History, Geography, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Chemistry, Fieldstudies


A magnificent example of late 12th-century castle. Schools have the freedom to explore the inside of the castle walls through the main gatehouse, the 'wall walk' along the top of the castle, as well as learn about the history from the illustrated dis...

Framlingham Castles


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!...

Anglo Saxons

All UK Regions
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 ...

Anglo-Saxon Village

East Midlands
Citizenship, History, Geography, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Victorian, Human Geography, SEN


Oakham Castle is a Norman Great hall built between 1180 and 1190 and used for over 800 years as a court. Our Immersive Education Sessions place the children right in the heart of the history they are learning about. ...

Oakham Castle


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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