Living history at Athelhampton

STEP back in time to the Elizabethan era, and meet the Martyn family at a living history event in beautiful Athelhampton House near Dorchester.

All levels of society from gentlefolk to servants will be around the house and gardens from Thursday to Saturday, 28th to 30th October, to meet and talk with visitors.

The year is 1580, and Athelhampton is owned by the Martyn family. Nicholas Martyn is master of the house, and he has four daughters and his mother in residence, along with numerous servants and domestics.

Athelhampton’s dedicated living historians take on the characters of the 16th-century owners in anticipation of the launch of the new novel, Anne of Athelhampton, by owner Giles Keating on Saturday.

Learn about life in Elizabethan times, and what it was like to be part of a Catholic family in Protestant England. There will be much to see and do – discovering secret passageways, tasting Tudor food, trying period dances, playing games, examining clothing, and writing with a quill!

Pictured are some of the living historians at Athelhampton House. Photograph by Jane Tearle.