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Welcome to Kids Rule! where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! We're taking a closer look at Tudor England – here's what we've got in store for you:

INTERVIEW WITH A TUDOR COOK

We sent young Members Olivia and Adham to Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire to interview Tudor cook Thomas Griffin and find out how to prepare a feast fit for the lord of the manor.

Watch the video to find out what working life is like in the kitchen, how to make delicious Tudor biscuits, and what on earth marchpane is!

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THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO TUDOR ENGLAND

Don’t miss the latest issue of Kids Rule! magazine to learn all about Tudor England, including the kings and queens who ruled the country, Henry VIII’s castles, the food that was served at royal feasts and what life was like for the people who lived at the time.

This is the seventh in our series of Kids Rule! magazines following the history of England. Each issue is designed to help you discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions. So, what are you waiting for?

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FOLLOW OUR RECIPE TO MAKE TUDOR SMARTARD

Prepare to have your taste buds tickled with this recipe for sweet cottage cheese fritters. This traditional Tudor dessert combines cottage cheese, eggs and double cream, which is then fried and topped with a sprinkling of sugar… sort of like a centuries-old pancake!

Download our recipe, but don’t forget to ask an adult to help you!

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PLAY TUDOR BATTLESHIPS AND TAKE ON THE SPANISH ARMADA

In July 1588 Queen Elizabeth I won a famous victory over King Phillip II of Spain in the Battle of Gravelines after the English fleet defeated the invading Spanish Armada.

Now it’s your turn to recreate this epic sea battle at home by downloading our cool Tudor battleships game. After printing out your game boards, ask a friend to go to war with you and decide who is playing as England and who is playing as Spain. Then secretly position your ships on your board before trying to be the first to sink the other player’s fleet by guessing their location!

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COMPETITION: BUILD A MINI TUDOR HOUSE

We’re challenging you to make your own mini Tudor house model out of cardboard for your chance to win a goody bag of prizes from our online shop worth £100. Once you’ve designed your model, ask an adult to take a photo of it and email it to us!

Find out more about what Tudor houses were like and how to create your own mini Tudor house.

ENTER THE COMPETITION

TUDOR POSTER: MAKE YOUR MEGA TIMELINE

In every issue of your Kids Rule! magazine we're giving away a free poster showing how people lived in England through the ages. This issue's poster shows life in Tudor England.

Each of the posters follow on from each other, allowing you to create a mega timeline of English history! If you missed the last magazine, don't worry as you can still get your hands on the previous posters below.

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SPOTTER’S GUIDE TO HENRY VIII’S CASTLES

After separating from the Catholic church in the 16th century, Henry VIII prepared to defend his kingdom by building lots of castles, also known as ‘device forts’, along the English and Welsh coasts – many of which can still be visited today.

Read our guide to learn more about these fascinating forts, discover what you need to look out for during a visit and how to tell them apart from other castles across the country.

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