Experience a whole day of themed activities and learn something new about a bygone era. Immerse your pupils in the sights, sounds and smells of the past.
Children will enjoy a full day of workshops discovering how people lived in Britain in times gone by. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in period costume (with warm clothes underneath!) for a total immersion in history. The smells and sounds will make the period come to life and enhance the children’s learning. We now offer Stone Age Days through to World War II Days, and many other periods in between. Examples are Roman Days, Anglo-Saxon Days, Viking Days and Victorian Christmas, to name but a few.
Our award-winning historical Theme Days run from 10am to 2.35pm and cost £9.25 per child with a generous free-adult ratio*. This price includes all workshops and activities, all-day admission to Kent Life, free parking, a room to store bags and have lunch, as well as free downloadable risk assessments and a free familiarisation visit for the lead teacher if required. Children take part in a carousel of workshops, moving around in their group. You will be sent out a timetable for your class before the day.
*1 free adult per every 4 paying pupils (KS1), 1 adult free per every 5 paying pupils (KS2)
Dates: Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th October 2019
Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th March 2020
Tuesday 28th April 2020
Come and join us in your togas (optional of course!) as we celebrate and learn about the life and times of the Romans. Learn how to be a Centurion, discover the Romans at work and play, how they kept healthy as well as meeting a brave gladiator! We encourage children to come dressed in Roman costume to enhance the atmosphere of the day.
For more information please download the Roman Days flyer.
Dates: Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th October 2019
Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th March 2020
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th May 2020
Become a Viking for the day and discover how the people who called themselves Vikings lived in Britain. In a full day of hands-on workshops and demonstrations, children will visit a Viking market and make a lucet cord. They will also discover how the Vikings fared in their life at sea, and what they got up to as fearsome raiders and much, much more!
We encourage everyone to come dressed up in Viking costume to enhance the atmosphere.
For more information, please download the Viking days flyer.
Dates: Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th October 2019
Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th March 2020
School children can enjoy a whole day packed full with interactive and interesting workshops and demonstrations about rural Victorian life in line with the new History Curriculum requirements. Children can compare how the diets of wealthy and poor people, find out about the life of a working child and play some Victorian playground games. They’ll need to be on their best behaviour with Mr Branch in the schoolroom and much more! We encourage everyone to come dressed in Victorian costume to enhance the atmosphere.
For more information, please download the Victorian Days flyer.
Dates: Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th October 2019
Come to Kent Life and ask the Ancient Greeks those questions you always wanted to ask. How did Medicine actually start? And what was life like for ordinary people at home? Who is who in the world of the gods and heroes? What was happening in the Arts and which plays did people go and see? Listen to the story of Arachne and make a spider web to take home. Find out how the Ancient Greeks waged war. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in period costume to enhance the atmosphere, but please dress warmly underneath!
For more information, please download the Greek Days flyer.
Dates: Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th November 2019
Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th March 2020
Step back into Ancient Egypt and discover what life was like! School children will enjoy a day full of interactive workshops and demonstrations. They will discover what happens when you die or when you fall ill. Children will put on an entertainment for the Pharaoh, find out about the importance of rope and learn a magic knot, and explore life in the city. Dress and jewellery will also be discussed. We encourage everyone to come dressed up in period costume, but don’t forget your warm layers underneath!
For more information, please download the Egyptian days flyer.
Dates: Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th November 2019
Thursday 19th March 2020
Immerse your class in everything Anglo Saxon for the day. In line with the new History Curriculum, your class will learn first-hand what life was like in Britain in the early middle ages. Your class will discover which animals were kept, they will meet a villager and find out where people settled when they arrived in what is now Britain. They will also learn how to spin yarn and hear wonderful stories. We encourage everyone to come dressed up in Anglo Saxon costume to enhance the atmosphere.
For more information, please download the Anglo Saxon Days flyer.
Dates: Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd October 2019
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd November 2019
Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th March 2020
Monday 18th May 2020
Under the guidance of a team of History Explorers and a Historian, your class will debate Hunter Gatherers Vs Early Farmers. They will grind some grain to take back to school and learn how weapons were made. They will discuss how religion changed from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age and learn about Travel and Trade. We encourage everyone to come dressed up as archaeologists or explorers to enhance the atmosphere.
For more information, please download the Stone Age Days flyer.
Dates: Monday 25th – Friday 29th November 2019
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Wednesday 20th May 2020
‘Hide under the table, the air raid siren has gone off again at Kent Life’
Go back to the 1940’s and experience life as a child of war. School children can enjoy a whole day packed full with interactive workshops and demonstrations all in line with the new History Curriculum. Learn how to march properly with the Home Guard; have a navigation lesson and much more. We encourage everyone to come dressed in 1940’s costume to enhance the atmosphere.
For more information, please download the WWII Days flyer.
Date: Thursday 14th November 2019
Thursday 23rd April 2020
Come and join us at Kent Life to discover how the Mayans lived their lives! Immersed in the sounds, smells and sights of the age, you will meet many characters from the period and will get an insight in what life was like for them. From the basics such as exploring what they ate, how they grew their food, and how they made their clothes; to the higher things in life such as why and how they built their pyramids and how they made their calendars – all will become clear when you come to a Mayan Day.
For a true Learning Outside the Classroom experience, why not come dressed up. But be careful when you meet the Conquistador!
For more information, please download the Mayan Day Flyer.
Dates: Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th December 2019
Celebrate Christmas with us Victorian style! Explore the origin of popular Christmas traditions. Find out how poor children celebrated Christmas in the workhouse. Make a lantern to take home, and much more. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in period costume to enhance the atmosphere.
For more information, please download the Victorian Christmas Flyer.
Praise for Educational Theme Days at Kent Life:
The whole day was very well organised and lots of fun. We all thoroughly enjoyed it
Very enjoyable and informative day. All loved the schoolroom, especially the adults!
Excellent day. Well organised. Children thoroughly enjoyed it and very educational. Highly recommended.
The children really enjoyed their day and all the staff were amazingly helpful. Thankyou! Excellent facilities
Excellent value for money
The children had a wonderful day learning more about Egyptians and reinforcing what they already knew