About The Session

This session is delivered by our experienced facilitators, in costume. Pupils will explore the Grade 1 listed Ordsall Hall by stepping back in time to help to prepare for a Tudor celebration feast. As the Radclyffe family and their servants prepare for the celebration, pupils will help them and will get an insight in to what Tudor homes were like.

There will be hard work to do in the kitchen, Great Chamber and Star Chamber as well as a dance to learn in the Great Hall! Our facilitators will help your class to learn about Tudor celebrations, food and homes as well as discovering how different life was for rich and poor people during the period.

You class will be split in to two groups for some of the day.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session learners will:

  • Have met and interacted with high and low status characters from Tudor times.
  • Have performed practical activities using replica Tudor objects.
  • Have found out about Tudor homes and compared them to homes in the present day.
  • Be able to identify differences between the way of life of rich and poor people in Tudor times.


This session is at Ordsall Hall


We can accommodate a maximum of 35 pupils for this session.


Full Day Session

Full day sessions run 10am – 2.15pm (approx), with 45 mins allocated for lunch.

During lunch you are more than welcome to explore the house and / or grounds and may be especially interested in the Frederic Shields Gallery which is not part of the session.

Plan Your Visit

Go to Plan Your Visit for information about prices, payment, parking and everything else you might need.

Make an Enquiry

Please submit your enquiry by emailing the Learning Team at LearningBookings@scll.co.uk

Please include as many details as possible, including:

  • School name and postcode
  • Contact number and email
  • Which session/Discovery Box you are enquiring about
  • Information about year group, number of pupils and any other relevant information
  • When you would like to visit or book
  • Any other questions you may have

Once you have booked, we will send you a confirmation letter via email.

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Other Sessions for Key Stage Two

As well as Ordsall Alive! We also offer Time Detectives and Discovering Local History for Key Stage Two.

Other Tudor Resources and Sessions

As well as Ordsall Alive for Key Stage Two, we also offer an Ordsall Alive! session for Key Stage One.



Resource Type

Bookable Session