John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 26th September 2023
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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 2022 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

This week we're in schools on Tuesday and at Hartlepool both Saturday & Sunday - all WWII events..

Fixtures list 2023/24:

26 September – St. Stephen’s School

30 – 31 September, Hartlepool WWII

02 October – Ancrum LHS (evening)

04 October – Blyth School

05 October – Blyth School

06 October – Yarm

10 – 16 October – William the Conqueror tour

14 October – Caerlaverock

18 October – Netherton WI (evening)

19 October – Remembrance in Hartburn (evening)

21 – 22 October – Melrose

28 October – Romans at Rowlands Gill

28 October – Civil War walk in Newcastle (Battlefield Trust)

31 October – Vikings in Hartburn

02 November – Clousden Hill WI (evening)

03 November – Blyth Library

04 November – Land of Oak & Iron

08 November – BRIC, WWII

14 November – Age Concern, Blyth

17 November – Rothbury LHS, ‘Blood, Snot & Bile’ (evening)

20 November – Blyth Schools

21 November – Blyth Schools

23 November – Blyth Schools.

24 November – Blyth Schools

25 November – Battleground

07 December – BRIC Ancient Egypt

18 December – Blyth, Dementia group


13 February – Reivers for Ponteland Rotary

11 March – Ponteland retired gentlemen

21 March – Reivers in Whalton

23 March – Border Gathering

06 – 07 April – Morpeth Gathering

17 April – Berwick LHS & Hotspur

18 – 19 May – Blyth Battery Goes to War

18 May – Sunderland History Fair

29 – 30 June – Stockton Armed Forces

31 August – Swarland Show

15 – 23 September – Owain Glendower tour

17 September – Scottish POWs 1650 at Dunbar

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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