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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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Framlingham Castles



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

The wall walk allows pupils to explore all thirteen of the towers around the complete circumference of Framlingham Castle. Visit Framlingham's Poorhouse, which now provides the exhibition room, including information about the history of the castle, as well as activities such as 'Build a Brick Red Chimney'. The gift shop is also located in the Poorhouse. ...

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Ufton Court
Ufton Court

Science, 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.

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!

Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle
Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle

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

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

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 change of beating all of the rooms in time We also include an interactive 60 -m




Immersive Experiences
Immersive Experiences

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

Theatre Workshop
Theatre Workshop

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

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.

Oakham Castle
Oakham Castle

Citizenship, Human Geography, History, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Monarchs, SEN

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


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

History Workshops
History Workshops

History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, SEN

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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.

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

English, Science, History, Prehistory, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Monarchs, Victorian, 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

Saxons and Vikings at Oakham Castle
Saxons and Vikings at Oakham Castle

History, Saxons, Vikings

Our Anglo Saxon day takes children on a journey of discovery with active, multisensory activities Train to be in a Saxon Army, every pupil furnished with a sword and shield. Play an active tag game while learning about the many challenges that faced Anglo Saxon villagers. Pupils have to figure out


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

Saxons Outreach Program
Saxons Outreach Program

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

Saxon Workshop
Saxon Workshop

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

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

History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN

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During this workshop, our professional actress will take on the role of Astrid The Viking and travel back in time to Anglo Saxon Britain. Amongst other things, the children will create images of Anglo Saxon and Viking Britain, Use their imagination to set sail in a Viking longboat and discover why t

Viking School Days
Viking School Days

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, Performing Arts

Sutton who? Sutton Hoo of course! Get ready to dive into the world of the Anglo Saxons. Where did they arrive from? When did they get here? Who were their Gods? One Day Creative answers all your questions through drama and role-play.

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.


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.

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.

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.

The Anglo-Saxons and/or Vikings
The Anglo-Saxons and/or 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


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.

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

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!

Viking and Saxon Workshops
Viking and Saxon Workshops

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.


Vikings
Vikings

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

Saxons in the Meon Valley
Saxons in the Meon Valley

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.

Curriculum Enrichment - Outdoor Learning
Curriculum Enrichment - Outdoor Learning

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.

The Sensational Saxons & Vikings
The Sensational Saxons & Vikings

History, Saxons, Vikings, SEN

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


FSC Bishops Wood
FSC Bishops Wood

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

During the day we 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 like a

Anglo Saxons
Anglo Saxons

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!

Portals To The Past
Portals To The Past

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

COVID-19 OFFER
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.

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.


National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool
National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool

English, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Physics, History, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century

A visit to us will bring to life the Royal Navy’s rich history and heritage. A Discovery Visit includes the chance to explore our atmospheric authentically created eighteenth century quayside and the unique opportunity to go on board HMS Trincomale

Tales and Treasures
Tales and Treasures

History, Saxons

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

Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop
Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop

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

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle

English, History, Romans, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors

Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall's rugged north coast between Padstow and Bude.


Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Priory

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!

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).

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

Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm

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


Hastings school trips
Hastings school trips

History, Saxons

Battle of Hastings 1066 School Trips (1 & 2 Day tours available) Learn about 1066 & the Battle of Hastings. Visit the site where the battle took place. Perfect for students studying the History curriculum.

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

Saxons and Vikings
Saxons and Vikings

History, Saxons, Vikings, 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

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


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

Framlingham Castles
Framlingham Castles

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

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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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