2022 Special Events
During the year we hold events and activities at the Visitor Centre and information including dates and times can be found on this page. Most of the events on this page are included in the price of admission to the Visitor Centre and, once paid for, our tickets can be used for unlimited visits for a whole year (terms and conditions apply, ask our team for more information when you visit). Where there is an additional charge for the event, it will be stated. Events and craft activities do take place on specific dates so please check dates when planning a visit.
Our Boar Hunt, Cafe craft station and shield rubbings are available every day to help our younger visitors discover the incredible story of King Richard III.
Don’t forget – pay for your first visit and you can make return visits for a whole year!
Meet our medieval friar
Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May
Our medieval friar will be at the Visitor Centre over the Bank Holiday weekend, helping visitors practice their medieval handwriting! Fully equipped with quill pens and ink, Brother Jed will be on hand throughout the day to share techniques and help you get to grips with medieval handwriting methods.
An Appointment with the Apothecary
Saturday 28th May – Sunday 5th June
Our Apothecary has a cure for everything, but you might not want to know what they’re made of…! Find out about medieval medicines and all the weird and wonderful ingredients that made them.
Saturday 16th July – Sunday 24th July
Learn the basics of archaeology without getting your hands dirty! Junior archaeologists can try the techniques used during the Greyfriars dig, which uncovered the remains of King Richard III, to see what treasure is buried in our mini archaeology dig pits.
Every Tuesday from 19th July – 23rd August
Young scientists can join Science Club this summer and carry out experiments relating to a different subject every week. Science Club is a paid-for activity, suitable for children aged 7 – 11 years old and must be booked in advance. More info
Make a Medieval Movie
Every day from 25th July – 4th September
Film your own blockbuster this summer! You can make your own peg dolls from our props and costume department or use our already-assembled cast of characters to re-create a scene from King Richard III’s life.
Every day in August
Every day in August you can dress up as a knight, a princess, a monk or even an archaeologist or scientist! We have pieces of real armour that you can try on – find out just how hard it would have been to move on the battlefield when you’re weighed down with chainmail and a gauntlet. We also have our craft station where you can get creative and colour in a portrait of Richard III or make a crown. Our younger visitors can go on a Boar Hunt – see if you can track down all the boars in our exhibition, using our trail.
Ten Years On – The Greyfriars Dig Anniversary
This year it will be ten years since the archaeological dig that uncovered the remains of King Richard III took place. We will be marking the occasion with a programme of talks given by some of the experts involved in the dig and the identification process.
We are still finalising details for the programme but to register your interest in attending the talks, please email us and you will be first to know more.
Arms & Armour
Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd October
Prepare yourself for life on a medieval battlefield this October Half Term. Our knight in less-than-shining armour will reveal how each piece was designed to ensure maximum protection from the devastating impact of medieval weaponry. You can also try on a helmet and feel the weight of a piece of armour for yourself.
Meet the Medieval Swordmaster
Monday 24th – Friday 28th October
Find out about swords used throughout the ages and across the world. From Roman times to the medieval longsword and the Japanese samurai sword, discover who used them and how they were used to devastating effect. Our Swordmaster will also be dispelling some myths about medieval weaponry – you can try out some polearms for size and see demonstrations of their use.
Please note that events may be subject to change.
The Visitor Centre can host a range of meetings, conferences, receptions and presentations.