Mosaic project update

Trevor Creighton, projects co-ordinator gives an update on the progress of our mosaic project…

We have taken some big strides in week 2. In the picture below you can see Emily, Maria and Jess hard at work finishing off the ‘second feature’ in our mosaic: concentric rings of black, white and red tesserae encircling the central ‘flower’ motif. It grows and grows! Continue reading

The Mosaic project at Butser

Trevor Creighton; Projects Co-ordinator introduces our exciting new Roman Mosaic Project;

The Romano-British villa at Butser Ancient Farm, completed in 2003, is a replica of one discovered at Sparsholt near Winchester and excavated in the late 1960’s. We are now involved in installing a mosaic floor in the reception room, inspired by the splendid original – which resides in the Winchester Museum.

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First ever Family Warrior Camp at Butser Ancient Farm

Last weekend Butser played host to our first ever Family Warrior Camp; a weekend of survival activities, teambuilding challenges and fun for the whole family led by the brilliant Keith Page MBE.

Following the success of our Warrior Camps ( summer holiday clubs for 8 – 14 year olds) we had lots of requests for a Warrior Camp not just for kids…that the whole family could join in with!

The Family Warrior Weekend was open to all ages and was designed to ensure families could bond over shared time as a family whilst also learning ancient survival skills such as fire lighting, cooking over a fire, shelter and raft building.

The weekend started on a gloriously hot Friday evening with an exploration of the farm, shelter building, fire lighting and team games. After sleeping out in their own hand-built shelters the rest of the weekend continued with a huge range of activities from raft building and assault courses, treasure hunts and stories round the campfire!

The kids ranged in age from 3 to 15 but everyone got completely stuck in with all the activities and worked brilliantly together as a group.

We definitely hope to run more family warrior camps in the future so watch this space!

Thank you to everyone who joined us! Please see a selection of pictures from the weekend below…



A Magical day at the Fairy Festival

Last Sunday we had a very magical day at our annual Fairy Festival.

Hundreds of people joined us to see the adventures of Fairy Big Toe and her friends in the roundhouse, listen to the music of Horndean Ukulele Group and meet the Fairy Queen!

We also had wand and pendant making, face painting and a wishing tree.

Here’s a selection of wonderful photos taken by our very talented volunteer Eleanor Sopwith.