In celebration of Lord Burghley’s 500th Anniversary in 2020, Burghley would like children to create their own piece of historical writing using no more than 500 words.

There are three age categories, 6 – 8 years, 9 – 11 years, 12-14 years. No matter what their ability or background, we would love to see as many children getting involved and we’re most of all, looking forward to reading their individual pieces.

Tell us about your favourite historical character, setting or location. This is the golden opportunity to show off your historical knowledge. Get as creative as you like to be in with a chance to win these amazing prizes:

  • All entries will receive a certificate celebrating their involvement.
  • The top ten entries from each age category will win a free family day ticket to the House and Gardens.
  • The final two in each age category, will win a special guided tour of the House for a family.
  • The winner of each age category will win a Burghley Children’s Gift Hamper with Burghley branded gifts, a Friends of Burghley Family ticket, a special family Guided Tour, Afternoon Tea for the whole family in the Orangery and a free Family ticket to the Rubbish Shakespeare Company performance on the 10th June, your winning story will be read out during the interval and your prizes will be handed to you!

To be in with a chance of winning these fantastic prizes, make sure your submission has been entered by the 8th May. Each entry will be judged by our dedicated education team. Please remember to note down your age with your full name. You can either send your short stories to ‘’ or to postal address: Education Office, Burghley, Stamford, PE9 3JY

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