Living history in a Tudor manor

STEP back in time to 1580, and meet the Martyn family of Athelhampton at an Easter living history event which will take visitors back into the world of a Catholic family in the Tudor period.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of Athelhampton House in the 16th Century. All levels of society from gentlefolk to servants will be around the house and gardens on 9th and 10th of April talking to visitors of all ages.

The year is 1580, and Athelhampton, near Dorchester, 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.

A team of living historians take on the characters of the Tudor household, coping with the rigours of living through Lent. Learn about life in Elizabethan times, and what it was like to be part of a Catholic family in Protestant England – tasting Tudor food, stepping out in period dances, playing games, discovering the clothes and writing with a quill.

This family-friendly event is taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of April at Athelhampton from 11am to 4pm. (The famous gardens will be open from 10am to 5pm).

Pictured are some of the living historians at Athelhampton House with an eager your “pupil.”. Photograph by Jane Tearle.