You Are What You Ate

Food, fun and history: February half term children’s activities

Would you like to do something completely different this half term? Do you like finding out about how people used to live and eat? What was it like to live at a time when there was no electricity and people had to cook over a fire? How would you have coped?

You are what you ate and Wak efield Council have organised some fun activities for children, taking place at wonderful historical places in the Wakefield region.

On Tuesday 22 February, you can find out who is coming for dinner at Clarke Hall. How did people cook at this lovely old house, what kinds of foods did they eat and how did they eat them? How healthy were they? Come along to make your own sweets and butter and help prepare the table (10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm: ages 5 to 12).

On Wednesday 23 February at Sandal Castle (the dramatic castle overlooking the Calder valley), you can learn how the horrible plague known as the Black Death changed people’s lives forever. Why did the sick think that what they ate would keep the plague away? How did they us e food as med icine? Come along and make your own herb bags and poultices (11am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 2.30pm: ages 5 to 12).

On Thursday 24 February at Wakefield Museum, the littlest ones can play games, hear stories and make gingerbread men using an historical recipe (10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm: under 5s only).

On Friday 25 February at Clarke Hall, find out about how medieval food was never quite what it seemed. Cooks could make fantasy animals, fruits out of meat and castles out of sugar. You might have heard of four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie? Well, that was the least of what they could do! Come and learn why they did this and make your own illusion food (10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm: ages 5 to 12).

In order to avoid disappointment, booking is essential for all these activities. For more information or to book, please call Clarke Hall on 01924 302700.

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