I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Time Travel Made Easy
Is the man in your life crazy about Military Matters? Do your boys love swords and guns?
Are the ladies of the house readers of Jane Austen? Do your children need to know more about Colonial Australia?
It is the easiest way to involve your children in experiential learning. 1 th Century Queensland has games sessions and if you're lucky you may see them pluck a hen for cooking.
History Alive as its name suggests is re-enacted by dedicated enthusiasts who aim to bring their favoured era to life. Each time period has an encampment that is set up with great attention to historical accuracy.
As you walk around the site you can peek into a Viking tent, see Regency Ladies taking tea, watch Napoleonic gentlemen sharpen their fencing skills. I have even seen men being taught how to die effectively. (Tip - don't over do it and stay still once you're down)
From simple demonstrations like How to Tie Turban, How to Arm a Knight, Pike and Musket drill, dancing from the 1930s and 1940s, an Archery Competition, Napoleonic Skirmish and more modern battles, there is definitely something for everyone.
Would you like your son trained to be a squire? It can be arranged. Perhaps you've always wanted to learn how to make a button? It can be done. There is so much I cannot fit it all here. You simply must look at the programme.
If you have a Vintage outfit or a costume from your favourite era by all means wear it. There is a costume competition for children at 2 pm.
Last year there was photo booth with costumes provided. There are stalls selling jewellery and medieval clothing as well as food venues of the twenty-first century type so you won't have to pluck your own dinner.