2020 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. All 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). Events and craft activities do take place on specific dates so please check dates when planning a visit.
Our Quest and craft station are available every day to help our younger visitors discover the incredible story of King Richard III.
Medieval Crime and Punishment
Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd February
Be on your best behaviour this Half Term because the Jailer is ready to pass sentence on you…! He will have a range of punishments to mete out to visitors young and old, so you could find yourself in the stocks, go home with an earmarking or just branded for life.
Saturday 4th – Thursday 9th and Tuesday 14th – Sunday 19th April
Enjoy a traditional Easter craft and paint your own Easter egg in either a traditional or contemporary design. Or you could paint Richard III on to your egg!
Friday 10th – Monday 13th April
Take aim over the Easter weekend and try your hand at archery. Come rain or shine, with our indoor archery you can see if you’ve got what it takes to become a highly skilled bowman.
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st May
Half Term is all about how children played during the time of King Richard III. Try and master the rules of medieval board games such as Fox and Geese and Nine Men’s Morris; play with a cup and ball, beat the family at Richard III Top Trumps and make a knight or princess stick doll.
Monday 20th July – Friday 24th and Monday 27th – Friday 31st 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.
Medieval Monsters and Miniature Machines
Every weekend in August
Discover and make your own Medieval Monsters and dangerous dragons and then recreate miniature medieval machines, designed to stop a monster attack – see if you can fire a mini missile the furthest.
Weekdays in August
Every weekday in August you can dress up as a knight, a princess, a monk or even an archaeologist or scientist! We have 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 it. We also have our craft station where you can get creative and make a Richard III out of wool and pegs or just colour him in. NEW for 2020 is our Boar Hunt, especially designed for younger visitors – see if you can track down all the boars in our exhibition, using our trail.
Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th October
Meet our battlefield surgeon, find out about life and death on the battlefield and discover the grim, gruesome treatments used on battle wounds.
Don’t forget – pay for your first visit and you can make return visits for a whole year!
Please note that events may be subject to change.
The Visitor Centre can host a range of meetings, conferences, receptions and presentations.