Heraldry workshop at the Canterbury Tales

Date Posted: 03/02/2015

What: Heraldry workshop
Where: Canterbury Tales, Kent
Subjects: History and English
KS: 2-3

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era at the Canterbury Tales, which combines an atmospheric recreation of medieval life with an individual introduction to the city and its famous literary connection.

The attraction is an excellent introduction to the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and all visits include a 40-minute audio guided tour, with live interaction from costumed characters.

To make a day of it, the education team runs a range of package days, including one that involves a heraldry workshop, and can supply joint tickets with other local providers such as Canterbury Historic River Tours and Canterbury Audio Tours.

Canterbury Tales also offers free online learning resources to complement a visit.

What to expect as part of the Heraldry workshop day

9.30am: A costumed character from the Canterbury Tales meets the coach at a pre-arranged destination and escorts the group to the attraction, pointing out landmarks such as the cathedral on the way.

This service is subject to availability and teachers should ask at the time of booking.

10am: Depending on the size, large parties will be divided into smaller groups. For example, a party of 60 pupils would be divided into three, with one group touring the attraction, one going to the Heraldry workshop and the third completing activities around the city.

In the workshop students learn more about medieval society in an immersive hands-on session.

Led by local artist, Brenda Burgess, students take an active part in finding out about feudal society and heraldry through group discussion.

They then have the opportunity to work with clay, using a variety of techniques, to make their own heraldic badge to take away and can incorporate symbols which they feel represent themselves or their families. 

12pm: Eat a packed lunch. In fine weather there are plenty of outdoor spaces, alternatively an undercover lunch space is available at a small additional charge.

1pm: Final swap between groups.

Return to the coach park to travel back to school, or enjoy an additional activity such as a river cruise.

For more information visit www.canterburytales.org.uk

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