Vikings Invade King John's House

Temperatures soared at King John’s House on Tuesday 3 July when history students from St Edward’s School, Melchet Court, shared their knowledge of Viking weaponry and battle techniques with Year 3 pupils from Romsey Abbey School. On arrival, the Year 3 children were welcomed to King John’s House, which had been transformed into a Viking Long House, by Stephen Whelan and his small team of boys from St. Edward’s. In true Viking fashion the St. Edward’s team soon put Romsey Abbey pupils through their military paces with sword, shield and axe. They learnt to respond to Anglo-Saxon drill commands and create a strong and effective shield wall. Romsey Abbey pupils added to their good knowledge through some thoughtful questioning guided by their new Viking friends! The specially constructed ‘Viking Long House’ centred around the central hearth. Here hands on exhibits based on the gentler side of Viking domestic life could be found; Viking dress, typical Viking food and drinking horns and fire making kit provided all that was needed for basic survival. Vikings spent the long winter months feasting and storytelling and so the children enjoyed a gruesome saga about the antics of Thor given by Judy Gregory.  When the children return from their summer holidays, the Vikings will be their history topic for Year 4.

 Coming Soon


Songs and Scones

Saturday 7 - Sunday 16 Romsey View Finders 2018 Exhibition Free Admission Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 Young Arts Challenge Exhibition Free Admission Wednesday 18 3.45 Songs and Scones Members of the Romsey Ukulele Group, Braishfield Ukulele Band and Rum's Eg Singers will entertain you with a  concert in the garden accompanied by a cream tea. £6.00 per person

Unfortunately, we are having to postpone this event until later in the year. Any payment that you have made (including any booking fee incurred) will be refunded.


Comic Medieval Tales

Tavern Yard Tales

  We are sorry for the disappointment this may cause and hope that you will be able to join us for the rescheduled event.

Comic Medieval Tales

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Tavern Yard Tales - an evening of story-telling with a sausage and cider supper £6.00 -£8.00

To book Tavern Yard Tales Friday 3 August 6-9pm

Agincourt Archers 11-12 August

Try your hand at archery, find out about medieval life throughout the weekend

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Medieval Supper with members of the Free Company of Aquitaine Friday 10 August

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Book Now for the Medieval Supper

Open Art Exhibition 2018

18th August –  27 August 2018   For amateur or professional artists living in or near Romsey who would like to exhibit and sell: drawings, paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, wood etc. Application forms available now from Romsey Tourist Information Centre or King John’s House. Completed entry forms must be submitted by Saturday 5th August. See the links below for the entry form and criteria for the competition:   Open Art rules 2018 Entry Form 2018

Exploring Anglo Saxon Romsey - Family fun Day

Saturday 11th February  2017 11am - 2pm
Exploring Anglo Saxon Romsey - a Family Fun Day
11th February King John’s House Museum, Romsey Abbey and Trench 1 Archaeology invite you to an exploration of different aspects of Anglo-Saxon life Come to King John’s House to Dig for Saxon artefacts Excavate a poo! Reconstruct a Saxon face Hear a story around the fire (12 noon and 2.00pm) Cook a Saxon snack (12.30pm and 2.30pm) See Saxon weapons Weave a bracelet Meet a real Anglo-Saxon Learn about Saxon language See LTVAS latest exhibition Design your own shield Make Saxon jewellery Cost: Free with normal admission (ie Annual Family ticket to the museum is £9) Visit Romsey Abbey to Explore the Saxon secrets of the church using a trail sheet And hear a smelly Saxon story (meet in the church at 11am or 1pm) (Entrance to the church is entirely free though donations are welcomed)

Regular Events:


Knit & Knatter Club


When: Every Thursday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Cost: £3.00

Join us in Miss Moody's Tudor Tea Room every Thursday for a knit and knatter – price includes a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake. Bring all your knitted creations!


Monthly Talks

When: First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am and 2.30pm

Cost: £3.00 / Free for King John's House volunteers

For more information please visit the monthly talks page of our website.


Season Tickets

  • Gold Season Ticket to include all normal talks: £15
  • Annual Family Ticket: £9
  • Lifetime Membership: £30

Attend talks and exhibitions all year round with one of our season tickets. Ask a member of the front of house team for more information on your next visit, or email us at

To see what's going on in 2018, check the calendar below or download the full 2018 programme.


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