National Civil War Centre
National Civil War Trail - includes app store logos

Summer of Spies

‌‌‌‌‌Saturday 28th July - Sunday 2nd September

Join us for some extra-special espionage themed activities this holiday with Summer of Spies! Hear two of the Civil War's top secret agents spill all their secrets and create your own spectacular spy kit. Plus, with our fantastic family discount, any group including a paying child receives 20% off admission!



These family friendly sessions involve a bit of audience participation and are always good fun. Performances every day (except Sunday) at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Aphra Behn: Mistress of All Trades 

Listen to Aphra Behn, writer, actress and secret spy, tell all about her radical life and extraordinary adventures.

The Anonymous Spy

The anonymous spy who smuggled a message to besieged Newark's governor will share the painfully uncomfortable tale of how he did it.


Family Craft Activities

10am to 4pm every day.

Seventeenth Century Spy Kit
Saturday 28th July - Sunday 5th August

Find out about secret ciphers used in the Civil War and have a go at making your own to crack some codes. Plus make a spy kit folder to put all your top secret gadgets in; why not use an annual pass to return each week and fill it with more? 

Locked Letters and Secret Seals
Monday 6th - Sunday 12th August

Learn how to make and seal your very own secret letter.

Cloak and Dagger
Monday 13th - Sunday 19th August

Create a new identity for yourself as a Civil War spy, forge your identity papers and create a disguise.

Hide and Seek
Monday 20th - Sunday 26th August

Make a hiding place for secret messages and smuggle out some military intelligence.

How To Be Invisible
Monday 27th August - Sunday 2nd September

Make your own periscope for when you disappear around corners stalking the enemy.
Plus, write messages in invisible ink!