Learning programmes for children of all ages

Here at the Golden Hinde we believe that children learn best through a living history experience.

That’s why our learning programmes have been specially designed to be both interactive and fun.

From raising the ship’s anchor to re-enacting a gun drill, singing sea shanties to practicing with the navigation equipment, your class will receive a unique and unforgettable insight into life aboard a Tudor vessel.

All tours are led by professional costumed actors, and the children are entertained with tales about Sir Francis Drake, his voyages, and adventures out at sea.

If you would like more, we offer joint programmes with local venues including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Museum of London Docklands.

Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3 and 4/Academic
SEN Workshop
Joint Programmes

Key Stage 1

Give your class the adventure of a lifetime on these action-packed tours for children as young as five!

Using a mixture of fun games and group exercises, they will experience the sights and sounds of life aboard ship, and meet the colourful cast of characters who accompanied Drake on his voyage.

After that, it’s time to practise raising the ship’s anchor, reloading the minion gun, and mock-firing it – all under the watchful eye of our expert guides. Will they succeed before the dastardly enemy attacks?

Click here for a complete list of our tours or contact us to arrange a visit.

Key Stage 2

Step back in time to the world of the Tudor seafarer on these exciting tours for older children!

Offering an entertaining blend of storytelling and practical exercises, your class will have the chance to explore every aspect of life aboard ship in some detail.

Whether it’s having a go at map-making, sampling the crew’s diet, or taking part in a mock battle with the Spanish, we’ll bring the past to life like nothing else can.

And with programmes ranging from a day of living history to a comprehensive six-week course, we have something to suit children of all ages and levels of ability.

Click here for a complete list of our tours or contact us to arrange a visit.

Key Stage 3 and 4/Academic

Specially for older students and those in higher education, these in-depth tours provide an opportunity to learn about Sir Francis Drake and his adventures in great detail.

Using props including replica weapons, maps, and navigation tools, our guides will offer a real insight into life aboard a Tudor ship and the hardships endured by the sailors.

To gain an even greater understanding, why not combine a visit to the Golden Hinde with Shakespeare’s Globe or the Museum of London on one of our joint programmes?

Click here for a complete list of our tours or contact us to arrange a visit.

SEN Workshop

Come aboard and experience life on the Golden Hinde with this action-packed workshop, designed for children with special educational needs.

Led by our trained and empathetic guides, your class will be encouraged to explore the ship using a range of fun activities with sensory appeal.

Students can learn about Drake’s voyage and imagine life at sea through tours tailored to every age and level of ability.

Click here for a complete list of our tours or contact us to arrange a visit.

Joint Programmes

Make a day of it by combining your visit to Golden Hinde with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or the Museum of London Docklands.

Our joint programmes offer a wealth of information about life in Tudor England and are the perfect way for your class to gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating period.

Click here for a complete list of our tours or contact us to arrange a visit.

Feedback

Please let us know how your programme went by filling in our Learning Evaluation Form.

We strive for excellence in everything that we do and your feedback will help us continue improving our sessions.