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Anglo Saxons & Vikings

Explore the turbulent world of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings in 10th Century AD in this exciting, hands-on workshop. Arrive at our settlement just after a Viking raid has taken place and see the effects it has had on the Anglo Saxon community. Our historical characters will help you examine what life was like for these two groups of people; considering home life, religion, work, battle, trade, food, language and geography. We can offer a single focus day on either Anglo Saxons or Vikings, or a combined programme for a compare/contrast study of both - just let us know what you prefer when you book.

2014 Viking ship

Course details

Anglo Saxons and Vikings


Old Hall or Farm


10.00am – 2.15pm


All Year

Age Recommendation:

Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2

Curriculum Links:

History, Geography, Science, Design Technology

Session Plan Produced:

17/05/2017, Laura Armitage (Learning and Visitor Services Manager)

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes

1.  To understand what life was like for the Anglo Saxons and Vikings

“The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England” History

2.  To understand the basic chronology and   narrative associated with the period of study

“Develop a chronologically secure knowledge”, “Establishing clear narratives within/across the periods they study” History

3. To understand why Anglo Saxon/Viking history links to local, national and international history

“Coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world” History

4. To understand the changes that this period brought with it and the significance of them

“Connections, contrasts and trends over time”, “Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence” History

Group Size:

This programme can accommodate 12-228 children. You will be allocated to a site (either Old Hall or Farm) depending on your group size and our availability.

Please note that groups of 100+ can only be supported from mid June - end of July. For large groups, period music and/or a falconry demonstration can be arranged for an additional charge.


The programme will be mainly held outside (weather depending), so our team make a final decision about specific activities on the morning of the event. However, typical activities include: shelter building, outdoor cookery, threshing/winnowing, deer walk and weapons. Don't worry if the weather is poor, we have an indoor programme that is just as exciting and engaging so you won't miss out!

Our advice is to wear sensible shoes, dress warmly and for the weather. Remember - we are a period site without central heating!

Children are welcome to come dressed up for the visit. Consult our costume information sheet (PDF,177KB) for some outfit ideas.


This is our most popular programme and as a result, we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Make an enquiry using our Schools Enquiry form or contact us to discuss your requirements at tattoneducation@cheshireeast.gov.uk / 01625 374428.

Risk Assessment:

Information about risk assessments and our health and safety procedures for this workshop.


Download our Viking information pack (PDF,1.50MB) as either a pre or post visit resource.

School Testimonies

‘A brilliant day had by all! Best school visit I have been on in 5 years of teaching. Staff were all brilliant and made it thoroughly enjoyable.’ (St George’s CE Primary School)

‘Overall this was the best trip I have ever been on! Staff were helpful and engaging. The amount of activities on offer was great- my class didn’t stop and loved every minute of it. Thank you to all of the staff. I will definitely be coming back.’ (Belgrave Academy)

'"Best day ever!” Many of our children said. The staff pitched the activities to our varied age groups effectively.’ (Exam Primary School)

'Thank you to both of the leaders of the day for the way in which they bring history alive and give the children quality learning experiences. The presentation is excellent.’ (Mersey Drive Catholic Primary)


Photograph Credit: Margaret Clark