John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 25th July 2021
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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 2021 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

Good news is we're back. We can all begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel even if it's a long tunnel and a small light. Also we welcome new members Joanne and Mark Wiig from Harbottle. Moreover, we'd love to hear from anyone who'd like to join us, especially WWII generally and resistance.

This week it's reivers and border wars at the beautifully restored Cresswell Tower on the south Northumbrian coast.

Fixtures list 2021/2022


30 March – WWI Poetry

04 April – War Walks at Bamburgh

18 April – War Walks at Bamburgh

25 April – ACW shoot Belsay

27 April – Zoom Get Carter

29 April – Vikings at Bamburgh

30 April ECW surgeon shoot at Belsay Barns

03 May – Durham Market (WWII)

May (various) filming with Hexham TV (1) ‘Jack’s back’, (2) ECW Surgeon at work
11 May – Zoom Mary Ann Cotton

29 May – Romans in Alston (Epiacum)

05 June – Blyth Battery – WWII

06 June – Crimea at Belsay Horse Trials

08 June – Zoom WWI Gateshead men & women

09 June – Planetarium

12 June – WWI at Beamish

26 June – Vindolanda tour

28/29 June – Planetarium

02 July – Planetarium

03 July – filming at Harbottle Castle

08 July – Georgians at Kirkharle

10 – 11 July – Aln Valley Railway (WWII)

13 July – Stannington Curry Night

17 July – WWII Resistance at Stockton

25 July – Cresswell Tower

31 July – reivers at Alston

03 August – Siege of Troy at Otterburn

19 August – Battle of Otterburn day at Elsdon

28 August – reivers at Annan

04 – 14 September – Jacobite Tour

15 September – Cambo School

17 – 20 September – Tank Museum

30 September – Otterburn storytelling

01 – 04 October – Hadrian’s Wall Tour

07 October WWI poetry in S Shields Library

11 October – Lowick LHS, reivers.

23 – 26 October – Hadrian’s Wall Tour

22 – 24 November – Crimean War at Higham Hall


10 January – Jacobites at Warkworth

23 February – Home Guard for Heaton LHS, Corner House

06 – 08 April – Rough Wooing at Higham Hall

04 – 07 July – Monmouth Tour

[ ] July – Marlborough Tour

[ ] August Wars of the Roses South 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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