On October 29th 2020, just before the second lockdown, the Lord Leycester hosted a special activity day for children and parents, made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over 120 children and parents visited the site to take part in a range of stimulating activities. The most popular proved to be writing with a quill pen, where participants practised their letters before devising their own menu for a Tudor banquet. Other activities included a murder mystery based on the suspicious death of Lord Leycester’s wife, Amy, a maths activity base on James I’s banquet at Lord Leycester in 1617, and a chance to crack some Tudor codes.
Many children especially enjoyed the chance to handle some of our amazing artefacts, such as Royal Irish Dragoon helmets worn in the Crimean War and a 2 bladed Indian dagger called a katar.
Despite the wet weather many children and adults enjoyed visiting the Master’s Garden to find out about our selection of herbs. Families also had the chance to tour the site and work out clues to a Treasure Hunt. There was also an Art competition for 3 age-groups with children being asked to sketch a memorable item or object that they’d seen on their visit. It was a very successful day and we received a great deal of positive feedback!