John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 30th May 2017
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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 it wass Hastings, then Thropton Primary with medieval, Civil Wars in Sunderland, the return of Jack the Ripper to the Ouseburn on Friday evening. At the weekend we unveiled the Harbottle castle Model now on display in Harbottle and then we were back to WWII at Blyth Battery. This week we're refighting Agincourt on Monday then the war of terror in Blyth with reivers at Langley castle on Saturday.

Fixtures 2017/2018/2019

27 May – Northumberland Day at Langley Castle

04 May – Jacobites at Explore

03 June – Schools Sunderland

12 June – Schools Sunderland

13 June – medieval at Whalton

14 June – ECW at the University

15 June – Blitz at City Library

15 June – Durham Market

16 June – Battle of Messines at NAM

17 June – Sedgefield – ECW

19 June – Schools Sunderland

22 June – Civil War at Tynemouth

23, & 24 June – WWII at Westfield Farm Tenant Resource Centre

01 – 02 July – WWII at the Ouseburn

03 July – Schools Sunderland

09 July – Chopwell Woods

10 July – Schools Sunderland

16 July – WWI at Yarm

17 – 22 July – Marlborough Tour Bavaria/Belgium

[ ] July – Reivers at Redefest

05 August – medieval at St John’s

02 September – Harbottle Show – medieval

11 September – Wallsend LHS

12 September – Carlisle Museum

28 September – Sunderland LHS – DLI

04 October – Blitz at Cambo School

25 October – WWII in the Grainger Market

25 – 26 November Time & Tide Discovery – Victorian Military


23 – 25 March; Waterloo Weekend at Higham

19 May – Armed Forces Day Seaham

[ ] June – JS Thirty Years War Tour

[ ] July – JS El Cid Tour

[ ] September – JS WoR Tour (UK)

11 November – Commemorative March, Newcastle


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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