Workshops 2020

Ancient Technology

Workshops in ancient technology including bronze casting, flint knapping, hand made pottery, wood working, foraging and cookery, language and stories.

Butser workshops Jo in Neolithic House

Immerse yourself in the ancient world and learn some of the crafts and techniques that our ancestors used to make everything they needed. This is a unique learning environment where you will be surrounded by buildings from 5000 years’ of human history from the New Stone Age to the Saxon period. Our workshops will give you an unforgettable hands-on experience of the past. Our workshop spaces include a Neolithic long house, Iron Age roundhouses, a Roman villa and a Saxon house, as well as outdoor work areas.

We also offer special ancient technology workshops for groups including flint knapping for field archaeologists, bronze casting and Roman mosaic making. Contact us for details.


December 17, 2019, 10.30am to 12.30pm, £15 adults SOLD OUT

December 20, 2019, 10.30am to 12.30pm, £15. SOLD OUT

Pagan Yuletide Winter Decorations Workshop

Join us for a uniquely immersive experience in our beloved Saxon hall where we will gather by the open fire to create wonderful yule themed decorations. You will be led up to the Saxon Hall where you will be offered a hot drink and introduced to the symbolic meanings of each material you will be using and its connection with Yule and the wheel of the year. All the materials will be provided for you are natural and biodegradable with many of them being found around our ancient farm!

A wonderful way to celebrate the winter equinox feeling warm and creative surrounded by likeminded people, perhaps you would like to make gifts for your family this winter season? Blessed be!

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Workshop FAQs


Gift Vouchers. If you would like to give a workshop gift, please click on the link below or call us.

Available online, by phone 02392 598838 or from the Butser Ancient Farm shop.

Our bookings are processed by Ticketsource. Please be aware that there are fees associated with bookings, which vary according to the cost of workshops.

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Our ancient technology workshops are run by tutors with a passion for their craft. They will help you learn a new skill, make an object using ancient technology and create something uniquely hand made.

Overnight stays at Butser Ancient Farm

Ancient Living Workshops include an overnight stay in one of our buildings.

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One Night in the Iron Age includes an Iron Age meal, Celtic storyteller and an overnight stay in a roundhouse.

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Metal working

Start as a beginner or refine your skills, we have a range of workshops making objects in copper, bronze, iron and silver. You can create jewellery inspired by archaeological finds, make a silver Viking ring or cast and axe or knife in bronze to make your own treasure.

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Butser workshop weaving (1)

Making fabric

From nettle and flax, harvesting and spinning, dyeing and weaving, workshops to take you through the process from plant to fabric. Find out more

Foraging workshop spring












Food, herbs and medicine

Foraging and cooking. learn what to eat and how to prepare it. Herbal medicines and remedies. Find out more

Bill Crumbleholme Bonfire firing













Make your own Iron Age hand made pottery and learn a simple firing method. Join us for study days on Roman and Sussex and Hampshire pottery. Find out more.



Ancient technology

Flint knapping, tool and weapon making, fires, glues and cordage. All the survival skills you need for the ancient world. Find out more.

Butser shopytelling Tarot Tales DD Storyteller- Eleanor Sopwith








Photo: Eleanor Sopwith

Storytelling and language

Faerytales and fables, the voice of the past.

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