Beeswax candles displayed at The Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth


Hear fascinating stories and get hands-on to make a Tudor candle of your very own to take home.

Hands-on History: Tudor Candle Making

Step back in time and discover how the Tudors lit their way in the dark without modern conveniences like light switches. On the Mary Rose, we found remains of tallow candles made from stinky animal fat. In contrast, wealthy Tudors indulged in sweet-smelling beeswax candles.

Join us for a hands-on history session where you can make your very own Tudor-inspired beeswax candle to take home!

Summer Storytelling

Join our costumed Tudors for two engaging storytelling sessions. Explore the adventurous world of Vlad the Flea and learn why you wouldn't want to sail aboard the Mary Rose. Don't forget to dress the part and snap a photo as a Tudor!

Step into the past and experience tales of Tudor life!

Storytelling at 12pm and 3pm.

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Child£3.00 per ticket

£3 per child, includes take home craft and two storytelling shows.

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Hands on History: Beeswax Candles and Summer Storytelling

Type:Childrens Events

The Mary Rose, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3PY
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Opening Times

Beeswax Candles and Summer Storytelling (13 Aug 2024 - 16 Aug 2024)
Tuesday - Friday11:00 - 15:00

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