Art Exhibition and Hands on Demonstrations
Medieval Pilgrims visit on Holy Saturday (8 April 2023)
Elizabethan Christmas at King John's House
We stepped back in time to Elizabethan England at the beginning of December 2022. The time was 1580 a local merchant and his goodwife were at home in King John’s House. As Christmas approached, they were preparing their celebrations but still working hard. Andrew Foster's wife, Barbara, came into town from North Baddesley, in search of her errant husband. The merchant offered her hospitality but the food was not much to her liking and the building was very cold!
October 2019 Romsey Story Telling Festival
King John's House took part in this festival with a full programme of storytelling spanning history, from the Vikings Tales to the telling of a life in the world of the early automobiles, we were enchanted and entertained with words from many eras
July 2019 Deeds of Arms
- a visit from this Eighteenth Century Naval Re-enactment Group
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.
- Gold Season Ticket to include all normal talks: £20
- Lifetime Ticket: £150
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see what's going on in 2022, check the calendar below or download the 2022 programme which comes out each quarter.