A prisoner’s tale: The adventures of Walter Raleigh

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About this session

Key Stage 1 | Subject: History, Design Technology | Topics: Tudors, Elizabethans| Session Type: Classroom based

Who is the mysterious Walter Raleigh and why is he a prisoner at the Tower? Uncover tales of adventure and exploration through object handling and role play.

In this session children will meet a costumed presenter and hear tales of Sir Walter Raleigh, his expeditions and the surprising life he led as a Tower prisoner.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Discover why Sir Walter Raleigh was an important character in our nation’s history.
  • Investigate herbs and spices* to learn more about Tudor exploration and the types of exotica bought back from the New World.

 National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • The lives of significant individuals (Walter Raleigh).
  • Significant events beyond living memory.

Design and Technology

  • Understand where food comes from.


*Please note that the following herbs and spices will be handled during the session: ginger, cardamom, mint, vanilla, cinnamon.

Please check any food allergies or sensitivities with your class before you visit.


Booking information

Availability - New from October 2019
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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