Virtual Workshop: Tudor England

Life Under the Last Tudor Monarch, Elizabeth I

Welcome to Apethorpe Palace, the home of Sir Anthony Mildmay and his family. It is 1599, the 41st year of Good Queen Bess’ reign. Lady Grace Mildmay is your hostess, and she is planning a banquet soon — she hopes you can help with the preparations! Thankfully Queen Elizabeth will not be attending … this time. It is very expensive to entertain the queen and her court!

The narrative contrasts life for the rich and for the poor. Topics covered during the workshop include:

  • Where people lived and what their living conditions were like
  • Elizabethan clothing fashions
  • Food, table manners and customs
  • Attitudes toward education
  • Typical jobs of the Elizabethan era
  • Leisure activities and entertainments
  • Crime and punishment



How Does the Workshop Work?

The new workshops consist of two key elements:

  • Individual activities kits for each child in your group .
  • A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers.

The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.

Most schools find that the workshops fill half a day, although you can spread them out as you see fit.

For a small additional fee, you can add an optional hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, offers extra engagement to the day and allows the children to probe further into the learning.


What Activities are Included?

The objects include a Fox and Geese game on cloth with clay pieces, a round paper dessert trencher, a pleated paper ruff collar, a small sachet of herbs, a small clay mug with two handles and a purse made of gathered leatherette.
Objects the children make during the Tudor England: Life under Elizabeth virtual workshop.

As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as scissors, pencils and rulers that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make six projects:

  • A nosegay
  • A ruff
  • A dessert trencher
  • A tyg (clay mug)
  • A Fox and Geese game
  • A purse

The workshop will also come with an information sheet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.


How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?

Please visit our pricing page for the latest costings.


How Do I Book a Workshop?

Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.

Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, you may order them at anytime. (But do allow enough time for delivery!)


Do You Offer an In-School Version of the Workshop?

Yes! In fact, we have two! Our Life in Tudor England Day looks at King Henry VIII in May 1536, including the execution of Anne Boleyn. We also offer a Tudor Christmas workshop that is set later in 1836 as Henry prepares to celebrate Christmas with his new wife, Jane Seymour. You can learn about both workshops on our Tudors page.

Please be aware, however, that we operate in a limited travel area, and mileage (and possibly B&B charges) will apply. If your school is far from our offices, and/or your group is very small, a virtual workshop may be a better fit for you.

Feel free to contact us with questions and we are happy to look at options with you.