John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 28th November 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 re-enactments. 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, we're going medieval in Cambo, Harbottle and Otterburn schools with swordplay at Cresswell Tower.

Fixtures list 2021/2022


15 November – Cambo School

16 November – Harbottle School (afternoon)

16 November – YOTC Otterburn (eve)

18 November – Jesmond Men’s Club – ‘D-Day’

22 – 24 November – Crimean War at Higham Hall

27 - 28 November – Santa at Preston Hall

30 November – Medieval with Otterburn youth

04 – 05 December, Santa

07 December – Rothbury School at Harbottle Castle

08 December – Home Guard for Heaton LHS

12 – 13 December, ditto

18 – 19 December ditto

18 December – Hartlepool, Heugh Battery

30 December – Napoleonics at Sanquhar


08 January – Romans on Shields Road

10 January – Jacobites at Warkworth

20 January – 03 February – HMD exhibition at Central Library)

25 January – HMD lecture City Library

25 January – Burns Night Alnwick

21 March – Reivers Barnard Castle.

26 March – Hawick Reivers

06 – 08 April – Rough Wooing at Higham Hall

14 – 17 April ECW tour (Classic)

24 April – Revitalising Redesdale event YOTC Otterburn

13 May – Late Shows

21 – 22 May – Blyth Battery

05 – Romans at Jubilee event

18 June – Stannington WWII

01 July – Annan reivers

04 – 07 July – Monmouth Tour

08 - 14 July – Marlborough Tour

17 - 22 August Wars of the Roses North Tour

October – Hastings 1066 tour

23 – 26 October – Hadrian’s Wall 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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