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Tales of Fire Guided Walks & Workshops

Tales of Fire Guided Walks & Workshops
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Tales of Fire is a workshop and guided walk for primary schools about the Great Fire of London brought to you by the same company that runs the acclaimed Tales of Plague.
Launched in 2016 – to commemorate 350 years since the Great Fire – classes can enjoy one of two ‘experiences’.

1) The Great Fire of London Workshop
2) The Great Fire of London Guided Walk.

“Thank you both so much for the great workshops. The children enjoyed themselves very much and we all (teachers included) learned a lot.” Teacher Alexis Maskatiya from Caterham Pre-Prep, Surrey.

Our workshops feature Jonathan appearing as characters including Thomas Farriner and Samuel Pepys, alongside our workshop leader, Marianne, who will both bring this terrible time alive in the classroom.
The Great Fire of London Workshop is perfect for Key Stage 1 or 2. For one class we can offer half-a-day’s workshop and for two classes we would come in for the whole day.
Our expertly-researched workshop includes:
• Dramatic scene-setting, taking the class back to the 1660s and the period just before the Great Fire with a look at the Great Plague and the weirdly wonderful Plague Doctor.
• The appearance of baker Thomas Farriner who not only has a terrifying tale to tell but will involve the whole class in a special re-enactment (starring its liveliest member!).
• The entrance of the extravagantly dressed, amusingly pompous Samuel Pepys who will share snippets from his diary and oversee a delightful diary-writing exercise.
Throughout we will use lots of relevant props, illustrations and documents form the time and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions.

“Your workshop was well resourced, well thought through and really stimulating for the children. It was a fantastic day. Thank you!” Teacher Catherine Hughes from Northlands, Basildon.

The guided walk takes classes to the essential sites of interest relating to the Great Fire.
• We start at the famous Monument built to commemorate London “rising from the ashes” following the catastrophic event.
• We then walk to where it all began – the infamous Pudding Lane – and the site of Thomas Farriner’s bakery.
• From there we will follow the route of the devastating fire, taking in an ancient church, the River Thames and London Bridge, before finishing with a flourish at the site of the Great Fire’s most famous casualty – St Paul’s Cathedral.
To bring this turbulent time alive our guide, Marianne, will be joined by Jonathan playing the unfortunate baker, Thomas Farriner, who will then transform into one Samuel Pepys who will entertain with first-hand accounts of the time.

Tales of Fire is a two-person, London-based company and we are happy to travel to any school within the Greater London area and beyond (within reason) – or host classes on our specially designed guided walks.
Please drop us a line for a quote and to find out more about what we can offer your school at: or phone us on 07583 000 223.
The school walks have been designed with children’s safety in mind and a risk assessment and a stop-by-stop breakdown will be sent to teachers in advance of the tour.
Both members have enhanced DBS certificates and public liability insurance.
Locations: Middlesex; East Midlands; Wiltshire; West Midlands; Warwickshire; Surrey; Staffordshire; London; Rutland; Oxfordshire; Northamptonshire; Leicestershire; Kent; Hertfordshire; Essex; West Sussex; Cambridgeshire; Buckinghamshire; Berkshire; England; Bedfordshire;
Telephone Number: 07583 000 223
Postcode: N8 8TE
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Workshop Themes: The Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys, Thomas Farriner, The Great Plague, 1660s, Restoration England, Charles II
Ages (Keystages): Ages 5-7 (KS1),  Ages 7-11 (KS2)
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