This summer holiday take a whistle-stop tour through 4000 years of history in 40 minutes at Lindisfarne Priory. Saints, kings and confused islanders will be your guides as you make your way through the priory ruins with this strolling theatrical show.

Gather round as a cast of three from Time Will Tell Theatre take you on a fast-paced journey from the Bronze Age through to the Tudor times. Help the Bronze Age inhabitants decide whether they should stay on Holy Island and stand by as the Dark Age islanders realise that there’s no escape from intruders. See if you can understand what St. Aidan has to say and find out how the priory stone was recycled in the medieval period.

This witty and informal story-telling show is bound to keep the whole family entertained. There’ll be three shows per day and times vary depending on the tide times.

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Meet our monk in residence and hear a tale or two about life at the Priory.
Do you think you would like to live by the strict Prior’s rules?
You’ll also learn how to defend yourself, in case of another Viking raid, at our sword school.



This September, DigVentures and Durham University are returning to Holy Island to continue searching for evidence of the original Anglo-Saxon monastery.
At the end of the two-week excavation (4th – 19th September 2018), DigVentures will be hosting the world’s first archaeology festival in honour of the much-loved Time Team archaeologist Mick Aston.
Taking place at the Crossman Hall, the festival has been crowdfunded by Time Team fans from all over the world, and will comprise a weekend of talks by well-known archaeologists and historians, as well as family-friendly ‘Fringe’ events.
Fringe events will include:

Archaeology demonstrations
Historically-themed stand-up comedy

In addition there will be opportunities to meet the Festival speakers, with food and drinks being provided by a number of Holy Island businesses.