National Civil War Centre
The World Turned Upside Down and Fake News


Saturday 15th - Sunday 23rd February, 10am-5pm

Become a sneaky scribe this February half term at our fun family activities! Learn all about the 17th century art of hiding messages in books and letters at our Smuggled Pamphlets and Dangerous Books craft sessions and meet Elizabeth Lilburne, a feisty female who was so daring that she smuggled political pamphlets even while pregnant!

Plus, with our fabulous family discount, any group including a paying child receives 20% off admission to enjoy Undercover!, our fascinating family trails, great galleries, including the brand new 'World Turned Upside Down' and, of course, our popular costume cupboard for the perfect selfie opportunity!


Family Craft Activities

11am to 4pm every day

Smuggled Pamphlets and Dangerous Books

Families can have a go at printing their own pamphlet or book in these fun craft sessions which include all materials!*

*Craft activites are supervised by our friendly volunteers but adults must remain with their children at all times.  



These family friendly sessions involve a bit of audience participation and are always good fun.‌ Performances every day (except Sunday) at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. On Sat 15th performances will start from 12pm.

Stand By Your Man: The Elizabeth Lilburne Story 

One of the great heroines of the Civil War, Elizabeth Lilburne was the long suffering and utterly courageous wife of the political radical John Lilburne. In this fantastic performance, hear her tell the dramatic story of how she saved her husband from execution, smuggled his writings out of prison and compiled one of the biggest all-female petitions in England's history, only to be told by Parliament to "go home and do the dishes"!