Battlefield adventure for holiday club
CHILDREN have been getting a taste of history by reenacting one of the country’s biggest battles.
Younsters at Rainbow Nursery’s Holiday Club had been due to take part in an orienteering adventure around the Battle of Towton site, but had been rained off following a torrential downpour.
But eager to go ahead with a historical themed activity staff and children at the club decided to make their own swords and shields before acting out the famous War of the Roses battle.
Deputy Manager Lisa Watson said: “Everyone had a really good time, unfortunately the torrential downpour meant the trip we had arranged for the children didn’t go ahead.
“But instead they did a reenactment and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately that was in the rain too, but afterwards they wanted to find more about the battle and go to the site.”
Selby Times photographer Tony Saxton also helped out on the day by bringing his collection of helmets for the children to try on in a break from their mock battle.
The holiday club, based in Barkston Ash, has held a number of activities for children over the summer holidays, with up to 20 five to 13-year-olds taking part.
As well as learning about the history of the region they have taken part in a bake off, whipping up culinary delights such as cakes and biscuits and battled it out in a different way in a sports day.
The Battle of Towton is understood to be the largest battle ever fought on English soil with 50,000 soldiers battling it out from the Houses of York and Lancaster, with more than half of them being killed in action.
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