The kids rule! Guide to Anglo-Saxon England

Welcome to the Kids Rule! guide to Anglo-Saxon England. Learn about England’s history, discover more about English Heritage sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do!

Meeting Osmund

Interview with a real-life Anglo-Saxon warrior

We sent young Members Tom and Hana Ellingham to Offa's Dyke to meet Osmund the Anglo-Saxon warrior as he patrols the border of this great frontier earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia from AD757 to AD796.

Watch the video to discover how the Saxons made their weapons, who they worshipped, what they clothes they wore and why they probably had terrible breath!

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Reading Kids Rule!

The kids rule! Guide to Anglo-Saxon England

Don't miss the latest issue of Kids Rule! magazine to learn about life in Anglo-Saxon England, discover the secrets of our Saxon sites, make your own Viking runes and take our quiz to find out if you could survive a vicious Viking raid!

This is the third of a series of collectable magazines that will follow the history of England and help you discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Viking dressing up kit

Instant Alfred the great and viking dress up kit

Reinvent yourself as Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (AD871 to AD899), who successfully defended his kingdom against the Vikings, or a Viking raider with the help of our cool downloadable dress-up kit.

For King Alfred we've got a mask and sword, and for the Viking raider we've got a mask and hand axe. Plus, there's a handy brooch to complete the look!

Once you're ready, don't forget to ask a grown-up to share your Saxon or Viking selfie with us! Use #EHmembership and tag @EnglishHeritage.

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Saxon honey and oat spice cakes

Get Baking!

The Saxons may have had a fairly simple diet compared to the exotic tastes of their Roman predecessors, but they still liked a delicious snack as much as we do.

Click below to get our recipe for Saxon honey and oat spice cakes and get baking with the help of a grown-up!

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Saxon Sattlement 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. If you missed the last magazine, don't worry as you can still get your hands on the previous posters.

Each of the posters will follow on from each other, allowing you to collect and create a mega timeline of English history! Don't miss the next poster of life in Norman England, which is due to appear in the next issue of the magazine and here on the website in October!

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Anglo Saxon Settlement Poster

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