John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 31st May 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 and we have cavalry at Stepney Bank Stables, followed by George and Ellen Stephenson at Sunderland on Thursday.

Fixtures list 2023:

30 May – cavalry at Stepney Bank

01 June – Stephenson at the Cultural Spring

03 – 14 June – JS away

22 June – Stirling Castle, afternoon tour

23 June - Traquair

24 June – WWII at Stockton

25 June – Romans at Denton Burn

26 June – Stirling Castle tour

30 June – Deaf Awareness

01 July – Land of Oak & Iron

01 – 02 July, Edinburgh

05 July – RAF Leuchars

10 July – Ponteland Retired men’s Club (pm)

15 July – Pegswood

15 July – Heugh Battery medieval

16 July – Cresswell

17 – 21 July – JS away

20 – 21 July – Caerlaverock

23 July – Cresswell

26 July – Cresswell

29 – 30 July – Blackness

30 July – Cresswell

02 August – Stirling Castle tour

06 – 11 August – WoR South tour

11 August - Melrose

19 – 20 August – Cresswell

22 August – Blyth WI (eve)

23 – 26 August – DJS away

28 August – Bishopwearmouth

03 – 11 September – Jacobite tour

12 September – one day tour
16 September - Whalton Show

14 – 17 September – JS away

27 September – Fort William Museum

10 – 16 October – William the Conqueror tour

14 October – Caerlaverock

18 October – Netherton WI

21 – 22 October – Melrose

02 November – Clousden Hill WI

11 November – Remembrance Gateshead

17 November – Rothbury LHS, ‘Blood, Snot & Bile’.


21 March – Reivers in Whalton

18 – 19 May – Blyth Battery

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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