Dark Age Explorer days are shorter activity days for smaller school groups of up to 34 (and 4 adults free of charge). Led by one costumed member of our Living History team, these days support the study of life in Viking OR Saxon Britain (please specify on booking what topic you would like to focus on). Arriving as new settlers, the children will be taken to their new homes on our dark-age settlement and given appropriate costume. Here they will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the daily life of a Dark Age family as they explore their new homes. They will learn new skills and all about the hard work that was part of daily life. A normal visit is designed to run from 10:00am to 2:00pm although timings can be tailored in advance to suit your requirements and circumstances. The Explorer Day is primarily self-led by the visiting group leaders, with our member of staff on hand throughout the day to set up and facilitate tasks. Our member of staff directly leads the battle training activity in the area of the site set aside for this purpose.
On arrival, you will be met and greeted by a costumed member of the Living History team who will remain with you throughout the day. Their initial job will be to confirm the details of the day with the senior member of your staff. The children will be welcomed, shown to the toilets and appropriate costumes for children and adults (which go over outdoor clothing) will be given out. This is followed by an initial safety briefing and orientation talk to set the scene for their day. This will include a tour around the village and a talk in the full sized Dark Age Longhouse which will provide the children with an opportunity to think about what daily life was like for our ancestors.