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 2017/2018

Family Metalworking: Make a Bronze Knife or Axe (£165) – 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…

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…

The Magical Forest Retreat – Blackthorn and Yew (£75)  – Sunday 1 October
With Adrian Rooke and Jo Dunbar. We begin our exploration of the Magical Forest at the time of the Celtic celebration of Samhain, which honours the ancestors, death and transformation, and the beginning of the Celtic year. More information...

Learn to Lay a Hedge (£130) – Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October
Join treewright Darren Hammerton to learn the ancient craft of hedge laying. Over the weekend you will learn to cut and lay a hedge in the Southern English style.  More information…

The Magical Forest. Birch (£100) – Sunday 18 February, 2018
On this magical forest retreat day, we deeply connect to the spirit of the Birch, and how we can work with her energy of cleansing and new beginnings within our own lives. The workshop is led by Adrian Rooke who has led many workshops in druidic spirituality practices and teachings and Jo Dunbar founder of Botanica Medica herbal apothecary and author of The Spirit of the Hedgerow. More information…

The Magical Forest. Hawthorn (£100) – Saturday 12 May 2018
On this day when we honour the spirit of Hawthorn in the Druid tradition using ritual and by deeply exploring the ancient myths and stories of Hawthorn. The workshop is led by Adrian Rooke who has led many workshops in druidic spirituality practices and teachings and Jo Dunbar founder of Botanica Medica herbal apothecary and author of The Spirit of the Hedgerow. 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.

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