Medieval Traditional Games
Our medieval traditional games activities include games you will probably recognize as well as ones you may have never heard of before.
Life in medieval times wasn’t all hard work and poor food. Adults and children all loved to play games and play with toys whenever they had the opportunity. Throughout the medieval period many different types of game were played, many of which are still with us today.
We can bring our medieval traditional games to your event, whether as a display for people to find out about the history of the games and, perhaps, to have a go; as a larger workshop activity for a museum open day, school enrichment day, or historical event.
When he’s not working in his laboratory Albert Harvey presents and supervises our medieval traditional games activities. He is able to explain the rules of each game and help you get started, plus tell the story of the history behind all of the games and toys.
The Medieval Traditional Games day is charged at our standard full day rate.
Below is a small selection of photos of what we have to offer, although our medieval traditional games also include Backgammon, skittles, Kubb, and more.
Medieval traditional games included many childrens’ toys, such as the cup and ball, and whip and top. These simple wooden toys are still popular even today.
Quoits is an ancient game dating at least back to the time of the ancient Greeks. It was banned by Edward III in England because it was too popular, and he wanted people to concentrate on archery.
There were a great variety of board games in medieval times, from backgammon, which dates back as far as 3000BC, to chess, which originally came from India. Pictured are Fox and Geese, Nine Mens’ Morris, Alquerque, the ancestor of draughts, and some Tafl games.