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Bringing Historical Cookery to Life

Hire Us

4and20 Blackbirds can provide fully costumed interpreters for talks, demonstrations, consultations, workshops and interactive activities. Our clients include schools, clubs community groups, stately homes, historic houses, and event organizers for small and large scale re-enactments. We are also available for weddings, anniversaries, parties, corporate team building and corporate events

Our school presentations address our heritage and history through food, eating and dining to complement the Tudor key stage 2, and Medieval key stage 3 curriculums. In addition, our interactive demonstrations allow children to understand more about food and its preparation, which supports the mandates to work on obesity through public awareness.

All of our interpretations demonstrate different food preparation techniques appropriate to the period and to the audience, with historically accurate reproduction cooking and dining equipment. We are happy to custom tailor our presentations to your individual needs.

For re-enactment events, we bring a cookery and display team plus appropriate traders. We schedule demonstrations, workshops, and interactive activities in different parts of the encampment regularly throughout the day, plus a sixty minute dining display in the early afternoon. Visitors of all ages leave the displays having been engaged, educated, and entertained.

4and20 Blackbirds historical kitchen and core team of 3-4 cooks can be hired separately from the large group, for event organizers wishing to enhance a specific display or to provide period authentic food to other re-enactors, or honoured guests present at the event. We are happy to use provided kitchens within historic venues, or to use our outdoor travelling kitchen. In these cases, we can provide a kitchen from early Medieval to Elizabethan, and meals demonstrating anything from a simple light lunch to an elaborate banquet. The tented Georgian and Victorian displays are planned for 2012.

  • We are flexible in our approach and welcome all inquiries.
  • We carry Public Liability Insurance to 5 million Pounds
  • We have enhanced CRB checks.
  • We have food health and safety hygiene certificates, and provide full site risk assessments.
  • Our display areas are provisioned with full fire precaution and first aid equipment
  • Our fireboxes are a minimum of 18 inches above ground, and our hazardous display areas are double roped off for public safety.

Interactive displays are continually supervised by one of our members.

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