Stir-Up Shakespeare, by Brownsea Open Air Theatre

Intermediate
Beehive Biscuits

Sweet, crumbly biscuits, flavoured with honey, coconut and dates

Ingredients (Makes 30 biscuits)

1 Egg, beaten
4 tablespoons Honey
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
450g Coconut
220g Walnuts (or other nuts) coarsely chopped
220g Chopped dates
2 tablespoons Plain flour

Method

Beat together the egg, honey and vanilla.

When well-blended, stir in the coconut and nuts, using a wooden spoon.

Roll the chopped dates in the flour and mix in.

If the mixture is too dry, add a few drops of milk.

Using a tablespoon, drop the mixture onto a greased baking sheet or parchment.

Bake at 170°C (Gas mark 3) for 12 minutes or until turning brown. Keep an eye on the oven, as honey browns quickly.

Honey was used to sweeten food in Tudor times; only the very rich could afford sugar. Bees were often kept by monks, who took the beeswax to make candles for churches and monasteries; the bees pollinated the flowers and fruit trees in the monastery gardens. In ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Friar Laurence would have kept beeswax and honey at his cell in Verona.

Other History activities:

Greensleeves music

Easy
Greensleeves

Listen to 'Greensleeves' played on Guitar. Sing or play along.

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Pastime With Good Company Music

Easy
Pastime With Good Company

Listen to 'Pastime With Good Company' played on recorder. Sing or play along.

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Romeo and Juliet: The 'Kiss' Sonnet

Easy
Romeo and Juliet: The 'Kiss' Sonnet

Watch the ‘Shakespeare Shorts’ film of Romeo and Juliet’s sonnet, and then perform the sonnet yourself.

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The Very Short Story of Romeo and Juliet

Easy
The Very Short Story of Romeo and Juliet

The very short story of 'Romeo and Juliet' told in words and pictures.

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Tudor Rose Pizza

Intermediate
Tudor Rose Pizza

Make a delicious Tudor Rose using a ready-made pizza base

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These activities will be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. The activities are rated according to difficulty and level of parental involvement: these descriptions are intended as a rough guide only. We have rated them to help parents of children aged 8-13, on the assumption that above this age supervision is rarely required, and that below it, supervision is generally required.

Easy : Set it up and off they go.
Intermediate : Some help needed.
Hard : Challenge yourself.