John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 3rd March 2024
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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

Next week and it's 'Get carter' on Thursday in Gateshead.

Fixtures list 2024

07 March – Low Fell over 55’s; Get Carter

11 March – Ponteland retired gentlemen’ club

12 – 15 March – JS away

21 March – Reivers in Whalton

22 – 24 March – Waterloo at Higham Hall

23 March – Border Gathering

28 March – Reivers course Denton Burn 10.00 – 12.00

04 April – Reivers Course Denton Burn

06 – 07 April – Morpeth Gathering

08 April – Heugh Battery, military vehicles

11 April – Reivers Course Denton Burn

14 April – Cresswell

w/c 15 April – Vikings at Canning Street

18 April – Reivers Course Denton Burn

17 April – Berwick LHS & Hotspur

19 April – Byron at Lit & Phil

20 April – Waterloo Walk, Belsay Hall Drive

25 April – Reivers Course Denton Burn

02 May – Bloodaxe at Jesmond Library

08 May – History tour, Stirling Castle

11 May – Swords workshop, Consett

18 – 19 May – Blyth Battery Goes to War

18 May – Sunderland History Fair

20 – 21 May – Border history tour

25 May – Durham Museum, crime & punishment

27 May – Durham Market

25 May – 02 June – EH, Birdoswald

01 June – Heugh Battery, D-Day

01 – 02 June – Carlisle

w/c 03 June – Greeks at Canning Street

03 June – D-Day at Hexham Library

08 – 09 June – Keswick

11 – 12 June Newsham Primary - WWI

15 June – Heugh Battery, Crimean Day

21 June – Crime and Punishment

24 June – Keswick

29 – 30 June – Stockton Armed Forces

06 July – Langley Castle

07 July - Cresswell

13 July – WWI at Heugh

13 July – Traquair Tour

20 July – JS away

27 July et seq – JS away

03 – 04 August – Berwick event

10 August – medieval at Heugh

11 August – Cresswell

18 August – Cresswell

24 August – Annan Reivers

31 August – Swarland Show

15 – 23 September – Owain Glendower tour

17 September – Scottish POWs 1650 at Dunbar

03 October – 07 November – JS away

30 October – Crawcrook talk (ECW)

w/c 04 December – WWII at Canning Street


12 - 19 July – Hundred Years War Tour

10 – 17 August – WoR

19 – 27 September - Jacobites

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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