John Sadler - Military Historian

Time Bandits 29th October 2020
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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 2019 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

Last week we were at the Berwick Literary Festival with 'Cromwell's Convicts' and then with swords at land of Oak & Iron in Winlaton, two first class events. This week on Tuesday we're filming our Armistice offering at Belsay Barns.

Fixtures list 2020/2021

20 October – WWI filming at Belsay Barns

23 – 25 November – Prehistory at Higham

December – Santa at Bamburgh/Vindolanda/Preston Hall


04 January – Jacobites at Warkworth

18 – 19 January – Edinburgh

24 – 29 January – Holocaust Schools sessions, Newcastle Library

05 February – Relief of Belsen in Central Library

27 – 28 February – Edinburgh

27 – 28 March – Blyth Battery

18 – 20 April – Rough Wooing’ at Higham Hall

23 – 24 May – Blyth Battery WWII

04 – 07 July – Monmouth tour

[ ] July – Marlborough Tour

10 July – Aln Valley Railway

17 July – RAF @ Stannington

[ ] August – WoR tour (south)

[ ] September – Jacobite Tour

[ ] October – William the Conqueror Tour

22 – 24 November – Crimean War at Higham Hall

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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