Tudor Re-enactment Days 2022

In what has turned into our trademark style, St Nicholas Priory brings together heritage, culture and creativity. We are pleased to welcome back The Commotion Times to Exeter!

From 4th – 7th August we are hosting the re-enactment group led by historian Dr 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. Our surgeon will be there to look at medieval ailments, and Devon & Exeter Medical Trust will be present medieval healing methods. We are joined for the first time this year by our hurdy gurdy player, and don’t miss out on Ed Fox new talk  “Bills, Bows and Borrowed Armour: The Tudor Militia in Exeter” !

Families can join in with medieval pastimes and younger visitors will have the chance to try out medieval games.

Visitors are encouraged to come in medieval dress!

St Sidwell’s delicious food and refreshments available!

This event has FREE admission, but donations are gratefully received through our donation button: click here!

No booking required.

  1. Siege of Exeter Heritage Event video by Screen 3 Productions

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit, please email Judith on programmes@nicholaspriory.com



Aug 04 - 07 2022


11:00 - 16:00




St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL