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Go Totally Tudor this Easter

Totally Tudor this Easter at the Mary Rose Museum!

Easter Holiday activities at the multi award-winning Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Monday 3rd April – Friday 21st April 2017


Dressing Up at the Mary Rose MuseumThe Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is delighted to announce their Totally Tudor programme of family-friendly activities taking place at the museum throughout the Easter holidays from Monday 3rd April to Friday 21st April 2017.


The Mary Rose Museum, finalist in this year’s Visit England awards for Large Visitor Attraction, will be running a fantastic range of engaging activities for children, offering a fun and memorable day out for the whole family. Young visitors will be able to try their hand at Tudor Calligraphy, with real feather quill pens, just as they would have used in Tudor times.


Tudor Soap Making at the Mary Rose Museum

Tudor Soap Making at the Mary Rose Museum

There will also be Beeswax Candle Making and Tudor Soap Making workshops where children can create their very own soap by hand following traditional soap making methods and using dried ingredients such as lavender, peppercorns and cloves. Spaces are limited, and cost £1 per person to cover ingredients.


Furthermore, there will also be Tudor Puppet Shows, Storytelling and Tudor Fancy Dress going on throughout the day, every day. 


A full schedule of events can be found HERE.


The museum was relaunched in July 2016 and now offers visitors stunning panoramic views of the Henry VIII’s favourite warship, which sank on 19th July 1545 during the Battle of the Solent and was raised from the seabed in 1982. On the upper deck access to the Weston Ship Hall is gained via an airlock and visitors are separated from the ship only by a glass balcony, meaning you are breathing in the same air as the Mary Rose. It is further brought to life by a series of projections onto the ship which allow you to see what the crew would have been doing on board. Visitors can watch the cook at work in the depths of the ship as well as being able to see a gun crew in action.


At the museum, families can learn about daily life in Tudor times through some of the 19,000 artefacts excavated from the wreck site that are on display. Visitors can also test their strength and skill on the long bow simulators, and get up close and personal with some of the items recovered from the wreckage in a unique handling session. One of the items is a real piece of the ship’s rope which still smells of the tar that would have once coated it.


Set within the iconic Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and with direct trains to Portsmouth Harbour from London and Bristol, The Mary Rose Museum could not be more convenient to get to and offers a fantastic day out for all ages.

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