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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader and Pinterest addict who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.Step Into History.com.au is designed to help children experience history.
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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?
If you answered YES to any of these questions you will enjoy a day at Fort Lytton.

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Meet military men. All images by writer.


If you have even the slightest interest in history, you need to visit History Alive. Held at Fort Lytton annually, this event just gets better and better.

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Fencing practice.


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Oh my goodness. All images by writer.


Teachers of history can get insight into the relevant time periods and go home with photos for their classes. Why not make it a school outing?

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Stepping back in time.


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)

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Peek into encampments.


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.

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Note the ladies supporting from the sidelines.


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Learn an elegant Regency dance..


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Where else can a Viking socialise with a Colonial lady, a knickerbocker wearing gent and a modern miss?


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.

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Learn the Lindy Hop.


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.

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Re-enactors start young.


There is even a blog which is filled with interesting facts.

Held on the weekend of 11th & 12th June 2016
Entry is $46 for a family day pass. $16 adults $11 children Weekend passes are cheaper and group discounts are available

WARNING. The fire the canons and they are LOUD.
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Why? Immerse Yourself in History
When: 11th and 12th June 2016 10am - 4pm
Where: Fort Lytton
Cost: $46 family; $16 adult $11 Child 6 -12; Under 5 free
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