The Great Fire of London
How did a careless baker spark the destruction of our capital city? Join the children as they become historical characters, help them put out the fire and be home in time for tea!
About the Event
Travel back to a time of spots, rats, sneezes and fleas and relive the sights and sounds of crowded London in 1665. Your children will become the townsfolk and experience what life would’ve been like before the Great Fire – a place of filth and plague, noise and business. As the summer of 1666 gets hotter, a baker leaves a few embers alight in his oven… the children literally become the fire and eventually extinguish the flames. They meet key historical figures: the Mayor of London, Thomas the baker and Samuel Pepys as they discover the full extent of the fire’s impact on London. We can extend the workshop to include a poignant plenary session where we act out the aftermath of the tragedy and experience how it might have felt to have lost so much so quickly as London burned.