About Our Program

Don’t just study history.  LIVE it!

Travel back in time with us as we teach you about the real history of Tudor England in 1543.

Introduce yourself to Amy, the Games Keeper, and she will help you choose the History Quest that most interests you.

Then, one of our knowledgeable Tour Guides will lead you on your way.  You may have the company of:

  • Alice Sutton, Governess
  • Ellen Chase, Midwife
  • Gentleman George Silver, Master Deulist
  • George Franklin, Yeoman Farmer
  • Semolina Melark, Baker’s Wife

Some of the people you may see on your Quest include:

  • Levina Teerlinc, the Artist
  • Brother Reginald, the Monk
  • Rowlan Fife & Cadence Amanti, Court Musicians
  • Amy, the Games Keeper
  • Black Oake Chain Maille Guild
  • The Royal Lacers
  • IHEA – The Institute for Historical and Educational Arts
  • And of course, our brand new Scottish Encampment: Highland Hill, where you can meet:
    • Lord & Lady Kilmaurs, Scottish Ambassadors to England
    • Aylcie Comyns, Highland Maid
    • Moira Cunningham, Lowland Maid
    • Roison Cunningham, Scottish Cook
    • Highland Guard

Quest Options for 2017 include:

Winds of Change: Life in the Tudor period is changing at a rapid pace, in every arena of society.  Learn about changes in the Church, the arts, music, and more from the historical characters at the forefront of innovation.

Life & Death: What was it like to live day-to-day as a Tudor peasant?  Talk to the people who bring new life into the world, and those who help escort it out, while learning a bit about the time in between for people at all levels of society.

Live by the Sword: Meet the people who work to provide the weapons, armor, and training to those who protect the Tudor kingdom.  Who were these people, and how have they been shaped by the ending of the Wars of the Roses?

Servants & Staff: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work for the nobility, providing for their every need and whim?  Meet the people who do just that, and find out how they fit into the tapestry that is Tudor society.

Neighbors to the North: If you’re looking for kilts (and want to learn why we have so few of them here!), this is the place to be.  Talk to the Scottish Emmisary, Lord Kilmaurs, his wife, and the servants who help them about what life was like in the Tudor period for the Scots.

As always, History Quests are entirely free with your paid entry into the Festival.  To save time at the Festival and reserve a specific Quest time, use this Information Form!