The Canterbury Tales Medieval Education Day!

Written by: Elmtree Press

The Canterbury Tales Medieval Education Day!

20th September 2018

Overview of the Day:

For one day only, top Canterbury Attractions have come together to present local schools with the ultimate learning experience!  We would like to take this opportunity to invite as many  schools as possible to experience a whole day of fun, engaging activities and most importantly lots of learning! The whole day will cost £8 per child and teachers go free!

We will provide:

          2 x morning activities and 2 x afternoon activities per class

                    Map of all the key locations, in number order for your class

          Class itinerary with times (to accompany map)

                    Marquee lunch area

          Risk Assessment

          First Aid trained team member at the lunch point

          Costumed staff along the route to help with directions

                    Wristbands for you to write contact details on


Confirmed Partners & Activities:

The Canterbury Tales:

We have created a brand new workshop for schools, which still includes all the charm of Chaucer, but with added educational value. The group will be taken on a fully guided tour, and extra activities will happen at various points on the tour. The experience will complement the curriculum focusing on: History, Religion, Literacy and Drama skills. Your students will also have the option to complete our City Trail. In small groups your class will compete to find various historic sites on Canterbury’s High Street. All sites are within 5 minutes from the attraction, via a pedestrianised High Street.

City Trail Challenge:

Compete in teams to discover all the City Trail locations, snapping photos to use as proof!  The first team to complete the trail will win chocolate medals as their prize! (Teacher must bring a camera for this activity).

The Westgate Towers:

Explore the Westgate Towers, England’s largest surviving Medieval Gateway and a key landmark in Canterbury, both historically and in the present day. You can enjoy the museum, the cells and the battlements viewing point, which boasts a breath-taking view of Canterbury from the top.


Canterbury Christchurch University:

Animal Magic: Etching workshop with Dr Diane Heath

Discover the art of ancient tiles!  Tiles were made here in Canterbury from Roman times to Tudor times. Some were plain but others had designs which featured patterns, leaves or flowers. The more exciting ones had animals:  dragons, lions and eagles. Come and see images of the medieval designs then sketch your own version, etch it into polystyrene and print it onto card to take home.


St Augustine’s Abbey:

Learn more about the history of St. Augustine’s Abbey and the conservation of objects through archaeological collections.  Your students will explore the importance of the abbey, its place in the story of Canterbury, discover more about the significance of burial finds and learn about the importance of conservation.


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge:

Follow the signs to the Pilgrims Badges!  A Beaney team member will tell you all about the history of Pilgrims badges and how they were the original Medieval Souvenir!


Whitefriars Shopping Area:

Whitefriars are creating a central hub for all schools to use as a meeting point and a lunch area. Each school will be given an allocated lunch slot, and a member of The Canterbury Tales team will be available here all day to answer any questions.


In addition to this, The Canterbury Tales team will be located at the Beaney and at the Clock Tower to help with directions and make sure your day runs smoothly.



Example Itineraries: 30 students + up to 6 teachers (1 teacher may accompany every 5 students free)




Arrive in Canterbury at Whitefriars Meeting Point: where you will be met by one of The Canterbury Tale’s Team. You will be given an introduction to your day and all students will be given wristbands, with a teachers contact number on (these can be posted to teachers in advance if requested).


Workshop at The Canterbury Tales

Group 1 @ 09:30am

Group 2 @ 09:40am

Group 3 @ 09:50am

St Augustine’s Abbey


Lunch- in designated area


Animal Magic Workshop


The Westgate Towers


Thank you and Goodbye from The Canterbury Tales Team: Whitefriars Meeting Point. Home-time







Arrive in Canterbury at Meeting Point: where you will be met by one of The Canterbury Tale’s Costume Guides


Workshop at The Canterbury Tales

Group 1 @ 09:50am

Group 2 @ 10:00am

Group 3 @ 10:10am

City Trail


Westgate Towers




Animal Magic Workshop


Thank you and Goodbye from The Canterbury Tales Team: Whitefriars Meeting Point. Home-time.




All itineraries will be tailored to your class and teachers can request which venues they would like to visit.  All itineraries will cost £8 per student and one teacher may accompany every 5 children.  The day can start from 9am and can finish anytime up until 5pm.


Chloe, Marketing Manager at The Canterbury Tales will be coordinating the day.  She can be contacted directly for more information and booking.  We hope that this will be a valuable annual event for local schools and help teachers engage their classes with our incredible shared local heritage and history.


Telephone: 01227 696006 (Mon-Fri: 10-5pm)