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Monument to the Great Fire of London

Fish Street Hill



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'Bring Your Kids' Scavenger Hunt Guided Walks are the perfect way for kids and adults to learn London history and solve clues along the way!

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Bring Your Kids Scavenger Hunt Guided Walk: "The Great Fire of London"

Children under 4 go free, but please add the free ticket to your order.

Please bring a packed lunch, drinks and snacks. We will stop to eat about an hour into the walk at St Dunstan's in the East churchyard where there is also shade. We take it nice and easy, which is why I have scheduled 4 hours, though this is a brand new walk, so timings are approximate. We will have opportunities to have short breaks for children (and adults!) to sit down along the way.

There will be a scheduled toilet stop at The Royal Exchange, which has immaculate toilets. But there are also toilets in pubs / cafes etc. along the way that you can duck into. Feel free to stop me at any time to do this.

If you are bringing a baby, there is also a baby change at The Royal Exchange, but please anticipate you may need to change al fresco at other times, so bring a travel change mat! We can stop at any time if babies need feeding. On my 'Bring Your Baby' guided walks I often encourage bringing a sling as well as a pram in case your baby needs a cuddle. The walk is step-free apart from if you would like to go inside St Olave's Church where the Pepys are buried, in which case babies can be carried and prams safely left with me outside.

This scavenger hunt walk has been written for children aged 5 and up (though younger children are welcome!) and would be ideal if children have already studied - or are about to learn about - The Great Fire of London in Year 2 of Primary School. It will also feature a little bit about The Great Plague. Please see the full description below.

I was a Primary School teacher with a history specialism for over 10 years, so I am looking forward to teaching children again this summer!

Children will be given a small clipboard and pen for the walk. There will be two different levels of challenge which can be chosen at the start of the walk: the easier challenge is to spot 'clues' during the walk on statues, plaques etc. Children can be helped at any time with this by an adult.

The more difficult challenge will be to note particular letters from these clues, which at the end of the walk can be unscrambled using a special code to reveal a message. Samuel Pepys wrote his diary in code, which was only deciphered last century, so this is a gentle nod to that!

There will be a small prize for every child at the end.

Walk starts: The Monument, Fish Street Hill, London EC3R 8AH

Walk ends: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

An ideal follow-up activity would be to visit The Museum of London nearby, where they have a permanent exhibition about The Great Fire of London.


Samuel Pepys was the son of a tailor who rose up through society to become an important administrator at The Royal Navy Offices. He also kept a diary for a number of years, and it is this that tells us many enlightening things about what happened in London during The Great Plague of 1665 and The Great Fire of London of September 1666, as well as revealing much about life in London at this time.

This scavenger hunt guided walk starts at The Monument to the fire near Pudding Lane, where the fire broke out in the bakery of Thomas Farriner. The walk then includes the following locations, plus more, as we collect clues along the way:

- The actual location of Pepys' home and the Navy Offices where he worked.

- The church where Pepys and his wife Elizabeth are buried - along with over 300 plague victims.

- London Bridge, and where Pepys watched the fire burning from the river Thames as people scurried to rescue their belongings and get to boats.

- Cobbled streets in the original pre-fire locations.

- A tranquil churchyard of a church destroyed by the fire (and WW2 bombs) where we will take a break to eat our picnics.

- The oldest church in London, where Pepys watched the fire from its tower.

- Locations where Pepys writes about witnessing plague victims, the fire burning, and people fleeing their properties carrying their belongings.

- Numerous ancient alleyways and courtyards, one home to a coffee house that Pepys wrote about in 1660.

- The first building built after The Great Fire - on an ancient Roman road.

- St Paul's Cathedral, rebuilt after The Great Fire by Sir Christopher Wren and his team.

- And more...

Things to note:

If on the day of the walk we are forecast to have very bad weather, I may have to postpone the walk. If it's a bit of light rain we will cope!

Every walk follows the usual health and safety guidelines, such as crossing at traffic lights where possible and having hazards pointed out to you at the start and along the route. Children's safety and behaviour is the parent or guardian's responsibility.

There may be times we have to stand in direct sunlight (although I will always choose shade where possible). Please bring all the necessary sun protection for yourself and your child.

Customer refunds must be requested at least 24 hours before an event starts. We cannot guarantee you can move your ticket to the next month but you are welcome to enquire at Lucy@bringyourbaby.org

If for any reason Bring Your Baby Ltd are forced to cancel or postpone an event (for example in the case of illness or extreme weather conditions), you are within your rights to request a refund, though we will always suggest an alternative date for you to attend.

I will contact you with booking confirmation after you book. I will supply my mobile number in case of emergencies or in case you are running late. I will also ask you to provide me with a mobile number so you can be contacted for the purposes of the walk, but this is not for marketing purposes. Please note that if you are more than a few minutes late I may ask you to catch up with us.

It is recommended you bring appropriate drinks and snacks for the duration of the walk, especially if the walk takes place at lunchtime.


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