Image of Samuel Pepys writing his diary

In the early hours of Sunday September 5th 1666 Samuel Pepys is woken by his maid to tell him that the City of London is ablaze. Learn what this great Seventeenth Century diarist did during the Great Fire of London, from advising the King to burying his wine and Parmesan cheese. Hear extracts from his diary, a unique insight into an event which changed London forever.

Typical Workshop
  • Presentation as Samuel Pepys about the Great Fire which started in Pudding Lane
  • Pupils read bespoke poems about the Fire as a Town Crier
  • Writing activity with quills
  • Quiz to find the buried cheese
  • Timeline activity

“Adrian creatively took the children back in time to 1666 when he magically set the scene as Samuel Pepys writing his diary under candlelight. Throughout this enchanting experience the children had the opportunity to dress up, learn poems and write with quills. I can highly recommend Adrian without hesitation to stimulate a new topic in an inspiring, uplifting way. With his amazing energy and breadth of knowledge he has brought Samuel Pepys to life.”

Mrs Laura Jutson – Year 2 Teacher
Widey Court Primary School Plymouth