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Living History

We offer a Tudor Living History educational programme.

The Sandford Award winning programme about the Tudors is suitable for Key Stages 2 & 3. Students discover about life in Tudor Times, for both courtiers and commoners.

For more information see below. For dates and to book online see the menu on the left. Places are limited, so if your school would like to take part please complete the booking form as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions, please call 077881 40572

The Tudors

Hatfield is famous as the place where Elizabeth I spent much of her youth and where she received the news 450 years ago that she was to be Queen of England. Hatfield House is offering an experience to bring the Tudor period alive, culminating in an audience with Elizabeth's father, King Henry VIII. Particularly suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3, although students of all ages will find the programme useful.


Children are met in their class groups and taken by their guide to the Old Palace Green where they are shown the outside of the Tudor building. This is an opportunity to talk about the differences in the lives of rich and poor people in Tudor times. Children are taught about daily life in Tudor society, including education, food and drink of the period. They then move to the West Garden.

The guide will talk about life at Court and the comforts of rich Tudors and the stone tableau of the Elizabethan Court, which includes the Queen and Raleigh and is used to discuss costume, trade and travel. The Tudor Knot Garden and an ancient mulberry tree in this area lead to the discovery of the history of the Garden. This is an important part of the day, as it will prepare the children to look and listen carefully to the presentations to follow. The action moves to the Upper and Lower Solar rooms in the Old Palace where the date is 1537. They will meet Princess Elizabeth's nurse and a court musician in period costume. These characters prepare the children for an audience with King Henry VIII in the Hall where they will sing to entertain him.

Henry will talk to the children about his previous marriages, his hopes for the future and the religious situation at the time. Finally, they meet Nicholas, the Tudor armourer, to learn about a soldier's daily life and the skills of the fighting men of the age.

The children are welcome to take a visit to Hatfield House Gift Shop for Tudor Souvenirs at pocket money prices as a memory of the trip. The Hatfield House Gift Shop also offers a Tudor Goody Bag option at £1.00 per bag for Tudor Souvenirs (including branded items and a postcard). Please call Janis at the Gift Shop if you would like this option for the children on 01707 287045.


At the end of the formal programme there is free time to explore the Park. We recommend a walk up to the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field where Elizabeth I received the news of her accession to the English throne. Students will gain a sense of walking in her footsteps past the ancient oak trees on the way.

For more information, please call 077881 40572.

Hatfield Park Farm

The Hatfield Park Farm is the home of many rare and traditional breeds of farm animals, from Long-horn cattle to Fowl and geese. For £1 per child, we now offer a guided tour, exploring the way Tudors would have looked after and used their animals. The tour focuses on the life of the Tudor peasant compared to the life at Court. For more information about this, contact Fiona Hunt, Farm Manager on 07867 524783.