We are asked to bow and curtsey as we pass by a life-size portrait of Queen Elizabeth the first. The portrait is brought to life and Queen Elizabeth transports us back in time to one of Henry the Eighth's castles. She escorts Henry around some of the activities that are happening within his home. Unfortunately he is 'in between' wives and one of them is about to be beheaded. All servants are given time off to attend the speeches of Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford and see their executions. After Henry's demise we hear about Edward the Sixth and Queen Mary who both ruled for a short time.
Elizabeth then becomes Queen and requests a pageant, so one is prepared for her majesty. We see Queen Elizabeth I with her advisors in her council chambers and hear the difficult decisions she has to make. Finally we see the consequences of her actions, the attempted invasion of England by the Spanish Armada.
During this workshop the children are involved in the following activities, designing new stained glass windows, apothecaries preparing potions, embroidery, assembling cannons. Every child has the chance to dress up and play a role.
Miss Musgrove (The Greville)
We all had a brilliant time and developed a really good understanding of the everyday lives of Tudors through excellent participation.