Costume ideas for Dressing Up Day

We always recommend that you make our visit a dressing up day. It really helps get the children in the mood and feel part of the experience. We also recommend that you make cardboard shields and swords before the visit, for use in the shield wall/mock battle activity.

Crayke, shields - edited

Dressing up needn’t be challenging nor expensive. Costumes are easily made from existing clothing and there is no need to get something from a fancy dress shop. In fact your clothing will be more authentic if it’s not!

So if you want to make a quick, cheap and simple authentic home-made outfit, you can wear:

Viking or Saxon Warrior

Viking Lady

Anglo Saxon Lady

Simple!

What not to wear

Fancy dress costumes are usually expensive, innaccurate and just plain silly. They are always either based on the ubiquitous “horns and fur” style…

NO!

NO!

…or even better, the “I seem to have forgotten my trousers” look:

OH PLEASE NO!

OH PLEASE NO!

And then there’s the “we can create magic swords but not hem our clothes” school of thought:

IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY MAKE IT STOP

IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY MAKE IT STOP

So yes. Just…don’t. There really is no need to skin a bear.