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The Stuarts and The English Civil Wars

Welcome to our guide to Stuart England and the English Civil Wars, where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you: 

Image: The playing pieces on the board

Civil Wars board game: Play Roundheads vs. Cavaliers

It’s 1643 and the Civil War between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers is raging, but who will get the upper hand? Choose your side and embark on a race to the finish by becoming the first to beseige and claim all 12 English Heritage castles across the country! The fate of England is in your hands, but have you got what it takes to claim victory?

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Image: A recruitment poster with a drawing of Oliver Cromwell

Competition: Design an English Civil War recruitment poster for your chance to win a £100 goody bag!

Learn all about the English Civil Wars and make a recruitment poster for your favourite side. With just a sheet of paper, some pencils, pens or paints and your imagination, you’ll soon be rooting for either the Roundheads or the Cavaliers – who are you going to choose?

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Smashing Stuart and Civil Wars videos

  • Meet the woodward of Boscobel House

    Discover what life was like at Boscobel House in the Stuart era, and find out how King Charles II escaped from Oliver Cromwell’s army using Boscobel’s hiding places. Then make your own mini model of the house!

  • Meet a Stuart master Horseman

    Master horseman William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, is looking for new grooms to learn the art of manège, which has since become the sport of dressage. Watch the video to see how it’s done.

  • A Day in the Life Episode 8: Stuarts

    Watch this video to see a day in the life of Oliver, who works for the huntsman at Audley End House, a huge mansion in Essex, in 1680. 

Image: Children reading Kids Rule! magazine

THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO the English Civil Wars (Issue 20)

Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life during the English Civil Wars, who was on which side of the conflict, kings on the run and lots more!

This is issue 20 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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Things to make and do: get creative with our Stuart themed activities

COLOUR YOUR OWN STUART TOWN

Download the colouring sheet, and use pencils, pens or paints to bring this scene to life in your own way!

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  • Make a cavalier hat

    It wasn’t just clothes and facial hair that gave the Stuarts their distinctive look: they also wore hats with extravagant feathers. Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own stylish hat. Then pop it on while you wear your collar and moustache and goatee from our dress up kit to complete the look. 

  • DOWNLOADABLE DRESS UP KIT

    Fashion changed a lot during the time of the Stuarts. The king set the trends and his supporters followed. Cavaliers were known for their fancy collars and even fancier facial hair. Dress up like a Cavalier with this cool kit: just print the templates and follow the instructions to make a collar and handheld moustache and goatee beard!

  • Design a Stuart newspaper

    Design the front page of a Stuart newspaper. Learn about Stuart newspapers and read our handy hints and tips on what to include on a newspaper front page, then create your own using pencils, pens or paints.

  • More things to make and do

    Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!

Are you a Cavalier or a Roundhead?

Would you support parliament and be a Roundhead? Or are you a Cavalier on the king’s side? Take our quiz to find out!

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THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO STUART ENGLAND (Issue 8)

Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in Stuart England, including who ruled and how the country was ruled, the English Civil War, kings on the run and lots more!

This is issue 8 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?

READ KIDS RULE! ONLINE

STUART POSTER: MAKE YOUR MEGA TIMELINE

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in Stuart England.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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