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Winter Activities at The Mary Rose


Winter Activities at The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard December 2017 


The Mary Rose at Christmas


The Mary Rose is pleased to announce their winter programme of Totally Tudor activities which will take place on site at the Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard throughout December 2017. 


From 1 – 3 December, visitors can make their way to the Mary Rose and take part in Tudor Nosegay making (12:00pm – 4:00pm). Nosegays were small posies of sweet smelling flowers and herbs used since medieval times to mask bad smells. Following traditional recipes children can fill linen bags with herbs and spices which were popular in Tudor times, such as cinnamon, lavender, rosemary and rose petals. A Christmas twist can be added by stamping the bags with a Christmas picture or the Mary Rose logo, and Christmas ribbon. These can then be given as gifts or hung on Christmas trees. There is a small fee of £3 per child for this activity. 


Tudor Nosegay making


In the 16th century, decorations were made on Christmas Eve using greenery from trees such as holly, ivy, yew, mistletoe and laurel. It was believed these would bring good luck in to the home. Continuing this tradition, from 23 – 31 December 2017 children can make their own Totally Tudor decorations when visiting the Museum. Images of the Tudor Rose or the Mary Rose herself will be available to colour in, ready to hang on the Christmas tree. This activity is free and will take place from 10:00am – 4:00pm.


For another hands-on activity, visitors can make their own Tudor pomanders from oranges and decorate them with cloves. In Tudor times pomanders were worn or carried as a way of modifying bad smells and it was also believed they would protect against infection. There is a small charge of £1 per child to cover costs, and this will run from 12:00pm – 3:00pm each day. 


As well as the special activities, visitors over the Christmas period can enjoy all the Mary Rose offers as home to the largest and most important collection of Tudor artefacts anywhere in the world. 

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