‘Cavaliers and Roundheads’

Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 February 2018

Free with Museum Admission


Calling all young soldiers! Are you a Roundhead or a Cavalier? Find out which side you would have supported and what life was life as a soldier during the English Civil War.

Take part in our fun activities this half term!


Civil War Hunt

Every day, 10am-4pm

Explore the permanent displays in the museum and discover more about the Civil War through the objects in the collection. Pick up your free trail sheet from the Welcome Desk.


Leather Stamping with Evancliffe Leathercraft

Sunday 11 February, 10am-4pm

Create your own special piece of leathercraft to take away with you on the day. Decorate it using a range of different stamp patterns. There will be a small additional charge of £1 per item.


Game of the Goose

Monday 12 February, 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm

Join Rachel Grahame from Tees Archaeology to play the 17th Century board game ‘Game of the Goose’. Play with paper boards and pebbles, just as soldiers in camp would have done.


Crafty Roundheads and Cavaliers!

Tuesday 13 and Saturday 17 February, 10am-3.30pm

Drop in throughout the day and make Civil War-themed arts and crafts to take home.


Hands On History

Wednesday 14 and Sunday 18 February, 10am-3.30pm

Handle replicas of Civil War-era objects, including a helmet, buff leather coat and other pieces of soldiers’ equipment.


Newcastle Garrison Living History Group

Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February, 10am-3.30pm

Find out what life was like in the North East of England and Scottish Borders during the mid-17th Century and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (British Civil Wars). This turbulent period will be brought to life through small scale re-enactments and historical interpretation activities, living history demonstrations and talks.


10.45am-11am – Musket Demonstration

11.30am-12 noon – Dressing a Woman of the Middling Sort

12.15pm-12.45pm – Pike Demonstration and Junior Pike Class

1.15pm-1.30pm – Musket Demonstration

2pm-2.30pm – Dressing a Woman of the Middling Sort

2.45pm-3.15pm – Pike Demonstration and Junior Pike Class



Images courtesy of the Newcastle Garrison Living History Group.


(All activities are still to be confirmed and others will be added. Please check back here nearer to the time to ensure that all of the activities are happening.)