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:
- Competition: design a poster for your chance to win!
- Watch: find out how Charles II escaped Parliamentarian soldiers by hiding in a tree!
- Civil Wars board game: play roundheads vs cavaliers
- Make your own model of Roaring Meg
- Step-by-step guide: make a cavalier hat
- Quiz: are you a cavalier or a roundhead?
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?Play the game
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?Enter now!
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.
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?Read Kids Rule! online
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!Download your colouring
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!
THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO STUART ENGLAND (Issue 8)
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
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!DOWNLOAD YOUR POSTER