John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 20th October 2019
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Time Bandits is a new development in historical interpretation and living history/drama, from first person recounting to skirmishes and battle reenactments. Our approach is led by the needs and aspirations of the client, we advise and devise in terms of scripting, location and action. The uniqueness of our approach lies in the concept of working with the client or sponsor to tailor a presentation.

We're looking, for 2019 to broaden our WWII offer and set up a section devoted to Home Guard & Auxiliers, plenty opportunities for all ages and, of course, plenty of spies and saboteurs needed - contact us if you're interested.

A Testimonial To The Time Bandits I really just want to say a huge thank you to John, Bill and Rosie for a fabulous day, you really brought Roman Britain to life.The children will remember it for many years to come I am sure and were very excited to tell their parents all they had learned at home time. A day spent with the Time Bandits is worth a week in front of a power-point or a computer. Mary Douglas All Saints School. Lanchester

Generally, I'm very interested in hearing from people who'd like to join Time Bandits, no previous experience or skills required, training will be provided as working towards Equity membership. If your interest lies in historical interpretation, drama, crafts or storytelling, you'll do nicely!

We have our own website at

This week it's more volunteer training at Bede's World on Saturday with 1919 in Hartlepool on Friday & Saturday. I'm doing 'Sharpe's Rifles' at Explore on Thursday lunchtime.

Fixtures list 2019/2020/2021

19 October – volunteers at BW

18 - 19 October – peace tea

23 October – Reivers at Redcar (am)

23 October – Reivers at Heaton LHS (pm)

24 October – Saltburn – Pre 1066

28 October – storytelling at the Hearth

30 October – WWII in Grainger Market

31 October – WWI at Linskill (pm)

31 October – Jack’s Back in Grainger Market

02 November – storytelling at BW

02 November – volunteers at BW

05 November – ‘Rising of the North’ at Sunniside LHS

06 – 08 November – WWI at the Sill

18 November – ECW for Uni

25 – 27 November – Vikings at Higham Hall

30 November – 01 December – Santa at Bamburgh

08 December – Hussars @ Charge Museum

07 – 08 December – Santa at Preston Park

07 – 08December – Santa at Bamburgh

14 – 15 December – Santa at PH

14 – 15 December – Santa at Bamburgh

21 – 22 December – Santa at PH

21 – 22 – December – Santa at Bamburgh


16 January – reivers talk at Alnwick

25 – 26 January – Bamburgh walks

08 – 09 February – Ditto

02 March – TBS

27 – 29 March – Hawick Reivers Festival

20 – 24 April – Jacobite Rebellion tour

25 – 29 April – Bannockburn tour

08 May – VE Event Preston park (school)

08, 09, 10 – May – WWII at Bamburgh

16 – 17 May – Blyth Battery

26 June – Maggie’s Culture Crawl


04 – 07 July – Monmouth tour

Time Bandits. Horseman 2Over the last few years we've worked for Tyne and Wear Museums, English Heritage, Durham County Council, Kielder Partnership, Tynedale District, North Pennines Heritage Trust, Dilston Castle, Stockton Council, Bellingham Heritage Centre, North East Council on Addictions, South Shields Museum, Darlington Railway Museum, Bedesworld, DLI Museum and Art Gallery, North East War Memorials Project, Hadrian`s Wall Heritage Limited, National Army Museum, Woodhorn County Museum and Archive, the Morpeth Gathering and Planning Aid North.

We offer multi-period events with our own cavalry and military vehicle section, period music can be provided through our partnership with 'Horseplay'.

We work extensively in schools, in the community and with various special needs groups.

Time Bandits. Girl in CostumeAll of our members are police checked and are members of Equity with indemnity insurance of 5,000.000 each.

Time Bandits aims, as the slogan says, to bring history to life in a manner which is both informed and entertaining. We presently have a core group of around six dedicated members and this needs to grow. We'd be delighted to hear from anyone interested in re-enactment, drama, period crafts, historical interpretation. You don't need any kit initially, nor any experience, the use of most of your faculties, own teeth and a sense of humour would assist.

Time Bandits. Time Bandits PDFFor a copy of the "Time Bandits" leaflet, please click on the PDF icon below.

You will be able to view, or download and print, the information contained in the the leaflet.

For more information or to arrange a presentation, please contact

John Sadler
Telephone: 01661 881654

Newcastle, Tyne & Wear 01661 881654(evenings)

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