Workshops

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Workshops at Butser Ancient Farm take you right back to life in prehistoric Britain, including the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon eras. These inspiring sessions provide hands-on experience in ancient crafts and traditional skills in an atmospheric setting. All necessary tools are provided and all materials included in the price.

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WORKSHOP PROGRAMME 2017

Family Metalworking: Make a Bronze Knife or Axe (£150) – Various dates available!
Due to the popularity of this course, we have decided to offer it on-demand for any families wishing to partake this year. The workshop is tutored by bronzecaster James Clift, who is happy to organise weekend courses for families working around their available dates. More information…

Hand Carve a Wooden Bowl (Advanced) – Saturday 5 August
Learn to shape and hollow timber using simple hand tools with traditional carpenter and hurdle maker Michael Bennett. Skills include splitting bowl blanks from the log, hewing the shape with an axe, hollowing with adze and knives, and smoothing timber with a spokeshave. More information…

Bronze Sword Workshop (£190) – Saturday 12 August SOLD OUT
Join bronze specialist Neil Burridge and work on your own 26″ Ewart Park sword. This leaf blade sword is one of the most prolific swords from the British Bronze Age. In this workshop you will clean and finish your blade, forge the edges and look at different handle and scabbard types. More information…

Make a Silver Wrist Torc (£90) – Sunday 13 August
Tutor Neil Burridge will show how Bronze Age metalworkers in Britain reached new artistic heights with the forging and twisting of bronze and gold in the manufacture of torque, pins and bracelets. Attendees will be using the same techniques but working with 2.4mm sterling silver to make a twisted bracelet. More information…

Medicinal Herbs through Time (£60) – Saturday 19 August
A look at medicinal plants and their uses through time with Medical Herbalist Laura Uphill. How much has the use of local and garden plants changed when treating disease? This workshop will look at taste and use of the plants, as well as discussion and preparation of herbs as they would have been used in the past. More information…

Flint Knapping Workshop (£60) – Saturday 19 August
Discover how our ancestors made tools out of stones in the ground with flint knapper and author Bob Turner. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. Bob is an associate tutor at Sussex University archaeology department and has been flint knapping for over ten years. This course contains demos on how to percussion knap and pressure flaking and direct instruction on a one to one basis. More information…

Make a Traditional Hay Rake (£125) – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September   
Join treewright Darren Hammerton, who oversaw the building of Butser’s wonderful Chalton Saxon house, and make a traditional hay rake. At the end of the two-day workshop you will come away with your own, South of England-style rake – a functional tool, the perfect companion for traditional scything and a beautiful object in its own right. More information…

Make a Felt Wall Hanging (£100) – Saturday 9 September
Join feltmaker Alison Hemmings for a colourful day of designing and creating your own felt wall hanging. Alison has been creating felt pictures, animals, sculptures and flowers for the past ten years and now teaches feltmaking across Hampshire. More information…

Weave a Split Hazel Basket (£140) –  Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September
Learn to make a traditional split wood basket from coppiced hazel wood with Michael Bennett. Skills include sourcing material, making a frame work and hoop for the basket, splitting weaving strips from hazel rods, safe knife work and finishing the weave. More information…

Flint Knapping Workshop (£60) – Saturday 16 September SOLD OUT. Places available for our August 19th workshop – see above. Discover how our ancestors made tools out of stones in the ground with flint knapper and author Bob Turner. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. Bob is an associate tutor at Sussex University archaeology department and has been flint knapping for over ten years. This course contains demos on how to percussion knap and pressure flaking and direct instruction on a one to one basis. More information…

Make a Folding Leather Stool (£120) – Saturday 23 September
In this workshop you will be making a folding leather stool with leather worker Jess Paske; the focus will be on creating the leather seat and using freehand tooling techniques to create your own design, and will involve some stitching. The legs and pivot will be provided so that you will leave with a working stool. More information…

Make a Milkmaid’s Stool (£100) – Saturday 30 September
This course is run by our very own treewright Darren Hammerton who masterminded the construction of our Chalton Saxon house, opened in March 2016. Join him in making a milkmaid’s stool to take home using traditional skills and techniques. More information…

Saxon Treewrighting – PLEASE ENQUIRE
Our Saxon Treewrighting courses are available on demand, based on individual requests. Please contact volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk to learn more about this course and how to arrange one.

Where to Stay

We recommend contacting the Sustainability Centre (01730 823166), a short drive away with alternative accommodation including a hostel, yurts and camping facilities. sustainability-centre.org

Vouchers

Buy a workshop gift voucher for family or friends – an unforgettable treat! Please call us on 02392 598838 or email today.

Bespoke
We can also offer bespoke workshops for groups of five or more people. If you have an idea, please phone us to see if we can make it happen!  These are ideal for special occasions.  You could create a special axe head, a drum or cook a unique meal in the roundhouse.

Please note we are an open-air site so do wear appropriate clothing.
Workshops take place under cover if the weather is bad.

This ‘Buy Tickets’ link will give you access to all events, workshops and passes currently being sold online for Butser Ancient Farm:

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