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In 1363, the Lord of the Manor is Sir Hugh Massey. He is only occasionally at Tatton and on the day of your visit he is away tending to his estates in South Lancashire. You will be joining Sir Hugh's servants as they prepare for his return. Activities can include making rush-lights and corn dollies, obtaining flour for baking, archery and inspecting the deer herd (as poaching is rife). There is also the option to sample the traditional entertainment through a Mummers Play or Medieval Music. Once the work is done, all the villagers will be summoned to attend the Manor Court where a boy is being tried for poaching rabbits.


Course details
Theme/Topic: Medieval
Location: Tatton Park Old Hall
Length: 10.00am – 2.15pm
Available: All Year
Age Recommendation: Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2
Curriculum Links: History, English, Design Technology, Geography, Art
Session Plan Produced: 17/05/2017, Laura Armitage (Learning & Visitor Services Manager)

Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes

1. To understand the significance of the Medieval period in local, national and international history

“Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study” - History

2. To understand the key events and people associated with the Medieval period

“To understand the complexities of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups” - History

3. To compare and contrast life in Medieval England to the present day

“They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time” “Understand historical concepts…similarity, difference and significance…draw contrasts” - History

4. To learn about significant individuals in the Medieval period as well as individuals of   local significance – namely the Massey family

“Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international  achievements” - 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: making rushlights, washing, threshing & winnowing and weapons. Children will also have the opportunity to participate in a Manor Court. 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!


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.


‘A beautiful setting which makes an enjoyable and educational visit very worthwhile’ (Bury Grammar School)