Things to see & do
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A Tudor Christmas
To make the most of the Christmas spirit, we're open every Saturday and Sunday in December.
Come and see how the merchant and his family would have celebrated Christmas in the 15th century.
- Try 'Tudor Family Fortunes' to learn more about this Tudor household
- Play with the toys in the hall. Did you know the Tudors had yo-yos?
- Pick up a scroll and discover more about Tudor superstitions
- Look closely at the painted cloths to find out more about Tudor Tenby
- Try on the Tudor clothes in the bedchamber
- Check out the latrine tower and cess pit - the family's indoor loo
- Sit at the high table and imagine you're the merchant's guests
- See the best view of the harbour and coast from the bedchamber window
You can play too
Our toys and games aren't just for looking at - we want you play with them.
Here's a study in concentration as two children play a game of strategy called Nine Men's Morris at our recent 75th anniversary celebrations.
At the dinner table...
- If you were at the head of the table you would share a plate with one person
- Everyone else shared a plate with up to four people
- You were not allowed to put your bones or discarded food back on the dinner plate
- Your cup was shared with the person seated next to you
- But you were given a linen napkin to wipe your hands and mouth
A Tudor feast
We don't do this every day but...
...just occasionally our experts cook up a Tudor storm in the kitchen. Using original methods, utensils and ingredients they prepare the sort of feast that might have been served here 500 years ago.
Everything is cooked over an open fire. Have a look at the menu and see if any of the food looks familiar...
The master of the house
The painted cloths
The painted cloths on the walls of the hall in the Tudor Merchant's House show scenes from medieval …
The second painted cloth in the hall of the Tenby Tudor Merchant's House depicts the escape of Jaspe…