John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 23rd April 2018
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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 2017/2018 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 powerpoint 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

Last week we reivers at Sunniside, WWI at head of Steam on Thursday and more of the same from Friday - Sunday at Morpeth Gathering!

Fixtures 2018/2019

Fixtures list 2018/2019


03 April – Sunniside LHS Reivers

05 April – Darlo, Head of Steam

06 – 08 April – Morpeth Gathering

10 April – WEA Irish event at Timewarp

14 April – John Dobson walk

22 April – WoH

23 April – World Book Night, HMP Acklington/Ashington library

28 April – Bolam Church

May Bank Holiday – Royal Tournament, Benwell

03 May – Frankie at Central Library

04 May – ECW Training day at PH

15 May – Frankenstein at the Word

16 May – Frankie in Jarrow Library

19 May – Armed Forces Day Seaham

19 May – medieval at Sedgefield

19 – 20 May Blyth Battery

19 May Late Shows; Jack’s Back

20 May – Frankie in Gateshead Library

24 May – Frank at Hebburn & Cleadon Park Libraries

27 May – Northumberland day at Langley

30 – 31 May – Featherstone Castle; WWI

02 June – History Fair Sunderland

06 June – reivers for Bellingham WI

15 – 17 June – Sedgefield

11 – 28 June – WWI Battlefield tour

30 June – Armed Forces Day – Seaham

07 – 08 July – Battle of Carham re-enactment

08 July – Chopwell Woods

09 – 14 July – JS WoR Tour (UK)

15 July – Picnic in the Park Morpeth

15 July – Seaham Carnival – WWI

22 July – Sedgefield WWII

29 July – Stanhope Festival

11 August – Captain Cook

08 August WWII event in Grainger Market

31 August – St Mary’s Lighthouse

01 September- Harbottle Show

07 – 08 September – Heritage Open Days Hexham

15 September – Whalton Show

15 September – Gertrude Bell Sunderland

22 September – The Hearth, suffragettes/suffrage

Late September/October – Home Guard/Land Army, Benwell

04 October – Scottish Sea battles (talk – am)

04 October – Ellington Ladies Club – HG

09 October – WWI Rothbury

10 October – ditto

16 – 18 October – ditto

20 October – WWI @ Hylton Castle

23 October – WWI (Uni)

25 October WWI (Uni)

25 October – Remembrance 1918 at the Hearth

29 October – 2nd November – WWI for NNPA

31 October – Jack in Grainger Market

04 November – Waterloo walk at Belsay

05 November – North Tyneside exhibition at Memorial Hall Wallsend

06 November – Rothbury WI

06 November – Central Library

08 November – Killingworth church service

06 – 07 November, WWI in Derbyshire

09 November – WWI at Wallsend

09 November (day) WWI at Heugh Battery

10 November – WWI at Wallsend

11 November – Commemorative March, Newcastle

20 November – Armistice talk Holywell for WI


08 January – U3A in Hexham Abbey

17 January – Reivers at Ponteland LHS

13-18 July - Wars of the Roses in the North:

21-27 July - Campaigns of Marlborough:

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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