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The Kids Rule! Guide to Tudor England

Welcome to the Kids Rule! guide to Tudor England, 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: 

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!

WATCH THE VIDEO

The Kids Rule! guide to Tudor England (Issue 1)

Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in 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 people who lived at that time.

This is part of the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Things to make and do: get creative with our Tudor themed activities

Colour your own Tudor town

Colour your own version of our Tudor town poster.  Download the sheet, read through the introduction to this period of history, then bring the scene to life with pencils, pens or paints!

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  • BUILD A MODEL TUDOR HOUSE

    In Tudor England, people lived in timber-framed houses with whitewashed walls.  Find out more about Tudor houses and what it was like to live in them, and follow our instructions to turn some old cardboard boxes into your very own model Tudor house!

  • Tudor battleships

    Can you defeat the Spanish Armada? Do battle at home with these downloadable game boards. Decide who will be England and who will be Spain, then secretly position your ships on your board and be the first to sink the other player’s fleet by guessing their location!

  • MAKE TUDOR SMARTARD FRITTERS

    Try 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, and don’t forget to ask an adult to help you!

  • 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!

WATCH: AN INTERVIEW WITH HENRY VIII AT ELTHAM PALACE

We sent young English Heritage Members Damon and Amelia to Eltham Palace to meet King Henry VIII. 

Find out what Henry VIII was like, why he beheaded Anne Boleyn, and watch Damon and Amelia take him on at his favourite sport.

Watch the video

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.

Download the guide

TUDOR 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 Tudor 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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