Exeter Siege – A Heritage Weekend for our Community

In what is quickly turning into our trademark style, St Nicholas Priory bring together heritage, culture and creativity. Exeter Historic Buildings Trust are pleased to welcome The Commotion Times to Exeter.

From August 3rd to August 6th, we are hosting the re-enactment group led by historian Ed Fox to commemorate the siege of Exeter in 1549. The Priory will turn into a house under siege and visitors will travel back in time and step into a merchant family’s life, watch the servants prepare food, see the ladies at their spinning and needlework, learn how to put on an armour and hear scholars share their historical insights into the Prayerbook Rebellion in the West Country. Families can join in with medieval pastimes and younger visitors will have the chance to try out medieval games.

Each day will have a programme of children’s workshops, lectures and demonstrations.

Also join in with our partners:

Tuckers Hall will have extended opening hours on Saturday 3rd, from 10:30am to 3pm – make sure to go down during your visit! (https://www.tuckershall.org.uk/)

Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives will be bring a woodcut of the Siege of Exeter which was cut out of a copy of Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande (1577). Holinshed was a major source for Shakespeare’s history plays! (https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/)

The Devon and Exeter Institution will also be present with books from their collection! (https://devonandexeterinstitution.org/)

Food and drink will be available and visitors are encouraged to come in medieval dress.

Free Entry


Saturday, August 3rd, 1pm – ‘1549 and the Reformation in the West Country’ by Professor James Clark. Tickets available, click here!

“The catalyst for the rising of the West Country in 1549 was the imposition in parish churches of Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer whose commands were derided as a ‘Christmas game’ and whose new, English language divided a region which had a living language of its own…”

Tuesday, August 6th, 1pm – ‘1549 and the Siege of Exeter’ by Ed Fox from The Commotion Times. Ticket available, click here!


CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES in partnership with Exeter Cathedral:

Saturday, August 3rd, 11am – 12, 1pm – 2pm.

Sunday, August 4th, 11 am – 12.

Tuesday, August 6th, 10:30am – 12:30 ‘Tudors Time Travel Workshop’ Tickets for this are booked through the Cathedral website (click here!).

“Meet by the Welcome Desk at the front of Exeter Cathedral, then step back in time with us as we walk the 5 minutes to St Nicholas Priory and become the child of a wealthy Tudor Merchant for the morning…”



Please note that the Priory is a medieval building and some of the activities will not be wheelchair-accessible.



Aug 03 - 06 2019


10:00 - 16:00


Free Entry