Schools Take on The Chaucer Challenge in New Canterbury Tales Workshop

The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction has launched a brand new educational workshop, designed to engage pupils in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and medieval life. The Chaucer Challenge sees classes take on a carousel of four Chaucer themed activities in the one hour workshop, working in small groups to complete each task together before finishing with a true or false quiz.

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    A dedicated week at the end of January saw a selection of free trials hosted at St Thomas’ Church, welcoming 150 local school pupils ranging in age from 7 to 11 to fine tune the workshop before its official launch later this year. Trainee Teachers Sophie Tebbutt and Molly Dellar from Christ Church University, who have devised the workshop for key stages one and two, led the pupils through the four activities which include creating an imaginative diary entry of a pilgrim; compiling an acrostic poem; designing stain glass windows based on a Canterbury Tale; and categorising a Chaucer fact file.

    Vicki Lyden, Sales and Marketing Manager at The Canterbury Tales, commented: “The Chaucer Challenge further strengthens our already varied educational offer. Following a very successful week of trial workshops, we are really looking forward to welcoming more schools to delve into their Canterbury Tales educational journey.”

    The Canterbury Tales offers a wealth of educational resources and medieval themed activities for key stages one to three, with workshops and joint tickets spanning calligraphy, sculpting and even bushcraft survival days available to book alongside a Canterbury Tales tour. Benefits provided to school group visitors include a free adult place for every 10 students, bookable lunch rooms and discounted admission rates.

    Visit for more information. To book or discuss further, please contact Vicki Lyden on 01227 784 600 or email  

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