John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 23rd November 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 we delivered another great Flood session in Dr Thomlinson's School, Rothbury and this week it's session seven of our 'Fortress' course for Explore. Today and tomorrow, we're offering Civil Wars for the WEA in Cullercoats and Acklington.

Fixtures 2017/2018/2019

21 November – ECW Cullercoats

22 November – ECW Acklington

02 – 03 December – Santa at PH

05 December – 1926 at Beamish

06 December – WWI Science at St John’s

09 December – MM at Langley

09 – 10 December – Santa at PH

16 – 17 December – Santa at PH


20 Jan – MM somewhere

05 – 06 February - WoH

14 – 16 February Higham Hall

20 Feb – Seaton Valley WI

26 – 28 February DJS on battlefield tour

25 March - WoH

03 April – Sunniside LHS Reivers

07 – 08 April – Morpeth Gathering

May Bank Holiday – Royal Tournament, Benwell

19 May – Armed Forces Day Seaham

19 – 20 May Blyth Battery

19 – 20 May Late Shows

30 – 31 May – Featherstone Castle; WWI

02 June – History Fair Sunderland

06 June – reivers for Bellingham WI

15 – 17 June – Sedgefield

30 June – Armed Forces Day – Seaham

07 – 08 July – Battle of Carham re-enactment

09 – 14 July – JS WoR Tour (UK)

15 July – Seaham Carnival - WWI

15 – 16 September – Battle of Prestonpans

Late September/October – Home Guard/Lan Army, Benwell

25 October – Remembrance 1918 at the Hearth

05 November – North Tyneside exhibition at Memorial Hall Wallsend

06 November – Rothbury WI

09 November – WWI at Wallsend

10 November – WWI at Wallsend

11 November – Commemorative March, Newcastle

20 November – Armistice talk Holywell for WI


17th January – Reivers at Ponteland LHS

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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