National Civil War Centre
National Civil War Trail - includes app store logos

Valentine Calamity

‌Most 17th century soldiers were men but a few courageous women risked it all, donned men’s clothes and took to the battlefield.  Meet a gallant she-soldier and hear why she went to war for love. You can also plant a potted potion to help friendship grow and create a love token inspired by our collection. Plus with our all-inclusive family discount of 20% running throughout half term you can enjoy all this fun for less!* 



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.

Romantic She Soldiers of the Civil War 

It wasn’t just men who did all of the fighting you know? Some women put on men’s clothes and risked their lives on the British battlefields of the Civil War. Some even did it for love. Their deeds were celebrated in the popular ballads of the time. So come meet our own mysterious 17th Century sister soldier and hear all about it.


Family Craft Activities

10am to 4pm every day

Potted Potions
10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25 Feb

Make a paper pot and plant a potion that will help friendship grow.

Heart In Hand
13, 14, 15 & 16 Feb

Gloves were the Valentine gift of choice for 17th century men like Samuel Pepys. Make a Valentine card that looks like a pair.

Tearful Tokens
20, 21, 22 & 23 Feb

Lovers torn apart by the conflict might give each other a love token. Make a silver spice box token decorated with jewels and filled with lavender.


*applies to any size group with at least one paying child