A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away Han Solo and his Jedi pals may have been flying through space, ventilating Sith and Imperials alike with laser guns and light sabres, but here on Earth we were still sticking lengths of metal into each other, using pigeons instead of WhatsApp, and employing dragons as living, breathing flamethrowers.
If the latest series of Game of Thrones and recent Star Wars news has also left you unable to separate history from fantasy (and what hope do you have when experts still don’t know if King Arthur and his wizard Merlin were real or not?) then here are three of our favourite olde worlde days out in the UK, so you can educate your kids with genuine tales of yesteryear rather than half-remembered tales of dragon-slaying knights and quests for a holy cup.
Tudors on Tour – Tatton Park, Cheshire
Make your way to Tatton Park over May bank holiday weekend where King Henry VIII and his courtiers will be taking up residence as part of the spectacular outdoor family festival, Tudors on Tour.
Staged for the very first time outside of London by Historic Royal Palaces, Tudors on Tour will transport visitors back to the year 1526 and get them swept away in the excitement of the Tudor Court on Royal Progress, when the King would travel around the country staying in the castles and manor houses of nobility.
With a spectacular royal jousting tournament, pageantry displays with music, a bustling market place with traditional crafts such as carving, stone masonry and blacksmithing, costumed characters, authentic stories, delicious food, Tudor farm, Tudor theatre, digital pop up palace and lots, lots more, visitors can expect an action packed day.
Advanced ticket prices are £30 for a family ticket, £12.50 for adults, £6.00 for kids, and concessions at £10. On the gate, they cost: family – £40; adult – £16.50; child – £7.50; and £13 for concessions. For more information, visit: www.hrp.org.uk