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Musket and Muslin York Tour Guide

Themed Talks

York Historic Walks and TalksMusket and Muslin offer an ongoing programme of talks with a costumed presenter bookable within the York, Ryedale, East Yorkshire and Scarborough areas. The basic cost/event is £30 (includes all travel expenses within 30 miles approx Malton radius). For larger corporate events we offer similarly competitive rates negotiable upon venue/group size etc. Simply email us with details of your requirements.

We also consider bookings further afield - please contact us and we will advise of extra fuel supplement costs. Individual ticket prices/refreshments etc are at the discretion of the hosts. Please continue to visit our website which will display additions to our programme. Click contact us to book a talk or for more information.

All talks bookable for dates from 1 January 2015 unless otherwise stated. Each talk lasts approx 45 minutes with time allowed if desired afterwards for questions.

Costumed Presenter Talks Menu

Women of York

How the city was shaped by the female sex. Everyone from monarchs to milkmaids plays a part!

Sugar and Spice

(Available for booking from June)
Stuart and Georgian Food and drink, details to follow.

A Plain Russet Coated Captain

An old soldier of 'Noll' Cromwell's army recalls, with the help of friends and foes, the dramatic Siege of York in 1644 and the bloody battle at nearby Marston Moor

Women in the Civil War

Your costumed host looks at the struggle between King and Parliament through the deeds and words of "The Fair Sex" with particular reference to Yorkshire and the North. Siege Commander, Protest Marches, Nurses, Soldiers, Wives, Mothers. Prepare to meet some feisty Royalist and Roundhead ladies in equal measure!

Muslin York Walks

Jane Austen's Wicked Women

Everyone has heard of Elizabeth Bennet, Elinor Dashwood and Emma Woodhouse - but how judgemental should we be on the 'less laudable ladies' of the novels? In short - just how wicked is 'wicked'? In a witty wander through the stories we put four notorious 'naughty girls' on the catwalk with your costumed host offering each member of the audience a vote to save one 'Villainess' from the axe!

Gallops and Giggles

The many facets of life in Georgian York! With the aid of Chattering Charley, Clothes Crazy Caroline and Lucrative Lucy. Learn how to tell your wigg from your wig (or Whig!), a pelisse from a petticoat and a cooked hare from a cooked rabbit! With Lucy's scandals on the racecourse and the dancefloor, flirting at the theatre with Caroline and mysterious bathing all on the menu its a feast of fun!

Jane Austen's Wicked (Gentle)Men!

Our companion presentation to the wicked women of Jane's novels. Here we bring to life the dangerous charms of four notorious ne'er do wells!

Summers Past

We look at the wealth of festivals and festivities our forbears enjoyed. From dancing round the maypole to Midsummer Mumming and from Misrule to Michaelmas this is a full season of Daisies and Knights. Midsummer Feast Recipe Sheets included for each guest.

Christmas Past (1400 - 1800)

What was the festive season like before Ebenezer Scrooge? Leaving Charles Dickens'  times behind we travel back through Georgian England to Gothic Glory. Food, drink, games, dances, decorations - and a Yuletide Feast menu and recipe sheet for each guest.

Regency Dancing and Card Games

Bookable for dates from March 2017.
Here we explore the world of the Georgian 'Assemblies' evenings - with the chance, if desired, to try out a few dance moves and card hands for yourselves (this event will be bookable either as a 45 minute or longer session).

Please continue to visit our website for further options or contact us with any questions. Thank you.