Art & Poetry Competition

As part of the Butser Roman Summer throughout August 2017, we are inviting all young visitors to enter our Art & Poetry competition. The winners will be chosen by Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence, who will be joining us to announce the results and meet young readers on Monday 28 August at our Glorious Games & Gladiators Day!

Two winners will receive a signed copy of Caroline’s latest Roman Mysteries adventure Death in the Arena, plus an annual family pass to the farm AND a Roman goody bag!


The theme is Roman Life, and entrants can create any piece of art of poetry around this theme. From cooking and costumes to weapons and domestic chores, there are so many ideas to choose from as Roman life was so sophisticated and complex. How would it feel to be a Roman slave, a great warrior, or simply a pet dog in a Roman household? Inspiration can be found this summer at Butser Ancient Farm, where you can take part in Toga Tuesdays to learn more about Roman life. For more information, visit our Roman Summer page here.


  1. Create one piece of art or poetry on the subject of Roman Life. The art can take any form, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or collage. The poem can be written in any style and has no maximum length.
  2. Send your entry into the farm. If you’d like to post it, send it to Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 0BG. If you’d like to take a photograph and email it in, send it to Whether it’s digital or physical, how you send in your entry will not effect the judge’s decision.
  3. The deadline is Friday 25 August at 5pm. No entries will be accepted after this time, so they must reach the farm by then, either by post, hand delivery, or by email.

All entrants must be under the age of 18 on Monday 28 August, when the winner will be announced. The winners will be chosen by Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence. There will be one winner for the ‘Art’ category and one for the ‘Poetry’ category. There will also be one runner up for each category.

All entrants will also be displayed at our Glorious Games & Gladiators Day on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August, when the winner will be announced by Caroline Lawrence. If you would like your entry returned, please visit us on this day or call us to arrange collection at a later date.