Event List

EVENTS 

If you are interested in proposing a new event for the Butser calendar, please complete this form and return it to creative@butserancientfarm.co.uk

Upcoming Events

Easter Holiday extravaganza! –  6th – 22nd April 10am – 5pm
Join us for a cracking Easter at Butser Ancient Farm. We’ll be open throughout the week and now also at weekends from 10-5 with lots to eggs-plore and discover! Meet newborn baby lambs, go on the hunt for clues to crack our springtime trail and get a once in a life-time opportunity to lay a tesserae in our Roman Villa mosaic (from Saturday 6th to Thursday 18th April)! Over the Easter weekend come and meet the Saxons who will be joining us from Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April with demonstrations, traditional crafts and cooking. More information…

Saxon Settlers; Herigeas Hundas at Butser – 19th -22nd April 10am – 5pm
Saxon re-enactment group Herigeas Hundas will be in residence in the Saxon Hall with fighting demonstrations, cookery, ancient crafts, music, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Saxon Britain. http://www.hampshirereenactment.com/

Romans in Residence: Butser IX Legion – 27/28 April 10am – 5pm
The Butser IX Roman Legion will be in residence in the Roman Villa with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Roman Britain.
The Butser IX Roman Legion is a volunteer Roman re-enactment group demonstrating various aspects of life in Roman Britain. To find out more visit; www.butserlegion.co.uk

Beltain Festival; Burning of the Wickerman – Saturday 4th May 2019 4.30 – 10pm.
Early Bird tickets – available until the 1st April 2019: Adults: £20, Children £15, under threes: Free
Beltain is the ancient Celtic celebration to mark the beginning of summer, with music, dancing and the burning of the giant Wickerman. This sell-out event is the highlight of the Butser year, attracting thousands of festival goers to welcome in the summer months. More information…

Evening talk: Ancient Runes with Wes Cole – Thursday 16th May 7- 8.30pm £5
Join traditional blacksmith and ancient Runes expert Wes Cole as he explores the magic, mythology and meanings of ancient Runes, with a focus on Nordic cultures. More information…

Saxon Settlers; Herigeas Hundas at Butser – 18/19th May 10am – 5pm
Saxon re-enactment group Herigeas Hundas will be in residence in the Saxon Hall with fighting demonstrations, cookery, ancient crafts, music, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Saxon Britain. http://www.hampshirereenactment.com/

Romans in Residence: Butser IX Legion – 26/27 May 10am – 5pm
The Butser IX Roman Legion will be in residence in the Roman Villa with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Roman Britain.
The Butser IX Roman Legion is a volunteer Roman re-enactment group demonstrating various aspects of life in Roman Britain. To find out more visit; www.butserlegion.co.uk

May Half Term:  Roman Villa housewarming celebration! – 27 – 31 May 10am – 5pm
You’re invited to the Butser Roman Villa-warming celebration! Celebrate the completion of the Roman Villa renovation project and experience what life in a Roman Villa would have been like almost 2000 years ago! More information…

Archaeology walk: Saxons in the South Downs 1st June 10am – 1pm
Join Butser Ancient Farm interpretive staff and explore the Saxon landscape around Butser Ancient Farm. More information…

Fairy Festival – Sunday 9th June 2 – 4.30pm
Join us in the roundhouse enclosure from 2pm to celebrate all things fairy! Dressing up is encouraged and little fairies (and elves, imps or other mythical creatures) can enjoy creating a magic wand to take home, make a head wreath, and have beautiful face paints ready for an audience with the fairy queen where they can make a wish.  Then enjoy a hot chocolate while listening to the latest adventures from Faye’s Fables in the roundhouse. More information…

Weapons and Warriors – Father’s Day on the farm – Sunday 16th June 10am – 5pm
Have a fun day out on Father’s Day and meet the Romans! Discover ancient weapons and be amazed by the lives of brave warriors. Find out how the Roman army lived and fought in Britain, and if you’d cope with wearing the armour, taking your orders in Latin and eating Roman food. More information…

Evening talk: Otzi – a Motive for Murder with Mark Havey – Thursday 20th June 7pm – 8.30pm £5.
Join ancient survival expert Mark Havey as he unravels a 5000 year old murder mystery and examines the evidence and motives behind the death of Otzi the Iceman. More information…

Family Warrior Weekend – Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June
Is your family brave enough for the challenges of Iron Age living! Learn ancient skills as a family and put them to the test with an overnight stay at the farm! More information…

Midsummer Celtic Harp Concert with Harriet Earis – Saturday 22nd June 7.30 – 9.30 £15
An evening of Celtic harp music in the incredible setting of our Little Woodbury Iron Age roundhouse. More information…

Archaeology Walk: Ancient Footsteps  – Sunday 7th July 10.30am – 12.30pm
Butser Ancient Farm interpretive staff will guide you through the many layers of the local ancient landscape. More information…

Roman Feast! Saturday 13th July 2019 7pm – 10pm Tickets available soon!
Join us for a splendid Feast in our Roman Villa! World-renowned Roman cookery expert and chef, Sally Grainger, will prepare and serve a feast fit for an Emperor using traditional ingredients and recipes enjoyed across Roman Britannia. More information…

Evening talk: Making of a Roman Mosaic with Sue Webber – Thursday 18th July 7 – 8.30pm £5
Join Sue Webber to learn about the project to create a Roman Mosaic in the Butser Roman villa using Roman techniques and visit the Villa to see the work for yourself. More information…

Saxon Settlers; Herigeas Hundas at Butser – 20th/21st July 10am – 5pm
Saxon re-enactment group Herigeas Hundas will be in residence in the Saxon Hall with fighting demonstrations, cookery, ancient crafts, music, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Saxon Britain. http://www.hampshirereenactment.com/

Warrior Camp (Age 8 -14) – 22nd – 26th July and 29th July – 2nd August 10am – 4pm each day.
Warrior Camp is designed for 8-14 year olds to see what life was like for young people two thousand years ago, and what challenges they would have faced. Kids will have a go at dealing with them using modern materials, and each day is designed to answer a different set of challenges, while the whole week links together to form a fantastic summer experience. More information…

Festival of Archaeology – Life in the Past/ Adventures in Archaeology Wednesday 24th July 10am – 5pm
As part of the Festival of Archaeology held each year by the Council for British Archaeology, we are celebrating with a range of archaeological and outdoor activities for all the family to take part in. More information…

Storytelling for children Thursday 25th July 11am-3pm
Each Thursday during the summer holidays join us for storytelling and tales of daring adventures in the atmospheric setting of our ancient homes. More information…

All About our Animals – Four-legged Fridays! Friday 26th July 11am – 3pm
Join us on Fridays in the summer holidays to discover all about our wildlife and rare breed animals, and the vital role animals played in all aspects of ancient life. More information…

Romans in Residence: Butser IX Legion – 27/28 July 10am – 5pm
The Butser IX Roman Legion will be in residence in the Roman Villa with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Roman Britain.
The Butser IX Roman Legion is a volunteer Roman re-enactment group demonstrating various aspects of life in Roman Britain. To find out more visit; www.butserlegion.co.uk

Ancient Arts Monday 29th July 11am – 3pm
Join us on Mondays during the summer holidays to unleash your creativity with some ancient arts and crafts. More information…

Time Traveller Training! Tuesday 30th July 11am – 3pm
On Tuesdays in the summer holidays join us to pick up some of the skills needed if you suddenly found yourself travelling thousands of years into the past!  Each week pick up different skills and knowledge to fill in your time travel passport! More information…

Adventures in Archaeology Wednesday 31st July 11am – 3pm
Dig a little deeper into the past and join us for some amazing archaeology each Wednesday during the summer holidays. More information…

Storytelling for children Thursday 1st August 11am-3pm
Each Thursday during the summer holidays join us for storytelling and tales of daring adventures in the atmospheric setting of our ancient homes. More information…

All About our Animals – Four-legged Fridays! Friday 2nd August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Fridays in the summer holidays to discover all about our wildlife and rare breed animals, and the vital role animals played in all aspects of ancient life. More information…

Lammas Festival Friday 2nd August 7.30-10pm
Join us to celebrate the ancient Celtic Festival of Lammas or Lughnasadh, an ancient celebration of the summer and the gathering of the first harvest. More information…

Ancient Arts Monday 5th August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Mondays during the summer holidays to unleash your creativity with some ancient arts and crafts. More information…

Time Traveller Training! Tuesday 6th August 11am – 3pm
On Tuesdays in the summer holidays join us to pick up some of the skills needed if you suddenly found yourself travelling thousands of years into the past!  Each week pick up different skills and knowledge to fill in your time travel passport! More information…

Adventures in Archaeology Wednesday 7th August 11am – 3pm
Dig a little deeper into the past and join us for some amazing archaeology each Wednesday during the summer holidays. More information…

Storytelling for children Thursday 8th August 11am-3pm
Each Thursday during the summer holidays join us for storytelling and tales of daring adventures in the atmospheric setting of our ancient homes. More information…

All About our Animals – Four-legged Fridays! Friday 9th August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Fridays in the summer holidays to discover all about our wildlife and rare breed animals, and the vital role animals played in all aspects of ancient life. More information…

Ancient Arts Monday 12th August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Mondays during the summer holidays to unleash your creativity with some ancient arts and crafts. More information…

Time Traveller Training! Tuesday 13th August 11am – 3pm
On Tuesdays in the summer holidays join us to pick up some of the skills needed if you suddenly found yourself travelling thousands of years into the past!  Each week pick up different skills and knowledge to fill in your time travel passport! More information…

Adventures in Archaeology Wednesday 14th August 11am – 3pm
Dig a little deeper into the past and join us for some amazing archaeology each Wednesday during the summer holidays. More information…

Storytelling for children Thursday 15th August 11am-3pm
Each Thursday during the summer holidays join us for storytelling and tales of daring adventures in the atmospheric setting of our ancient homes. More information…

Evening talk – The Early Saxon Settlement at Chalton with Trevor Creighton. Thursday 15th August 2019 7 – 8.30pm £5
Join Trevor Creighton as he discusses what we know about the local Saxon settlement on Church Down, Chalton and the two reconstructed houses at Butser. More information…

All About our Animals – Four-legged Fridays! Friday 16th August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Fridays in the summer holidays to discover all about our wildlife and rare breed animals, and the vital role animals played in all aspects of ancient life. More information…

Archaeology walk: Saxons in the South Downs 17th August 10am – 1pm
Join Butser Ancient Farm interpretive staff and explore the Saxon landscape around Butser Ancient Farm. More information…

Ancient Arts Monday 19th August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Mondays during the summer holidays to unleash your creativity with some ancient arts and crafts. More information…

Time Traveller Training! Tuesday 20th August 11am – 3pm
On Tuesdays in the summer holidays join us to pick up some of the skills needed if you suddenly found yourself travelling thousands of years into the past!  Each week pick up different skills and knowledge to fill in your time travel passport! More information…

Adventures in Archaeology Wednesday 21st August 11am – 3pm
Dig a little deeper into the past and join us for some amazing archaeology each Wednesday during the summer holidays. More information…

Storytelling for children Thursday 22nd August 11am-3pm
Each Thursday during the summer holidays join us for storytelling and tales of daring adventures in the atmospheric setting of our ancient homes. More information…

All About our Animals – Four-legged Fridays! Friday 23rd August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Fridays in the summer holidays to discover all about our wildlife and rare breed animals, and the vital role animals played in all aspects of ancient life. More information…

Romans in Residence: Butser IX Legion – 25/26 August 10am – 5pm
The Butser IX Roman Legion will be in residence in the Roman Villa with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Roman Britain.
The Butser IX Roman Legion is a volunteer Roman re-enactment group demonstrating various aspects of life in Roman Britain. To find out more visit; www.butserlegion.co.uk

Ancient Arts Monday 26th August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Mondays during the summer holidays to unleash your creativity with some ancient arts and crafts. More information…

Warrior Camp 2 (age 10 -14) – 27th – 29th August
Warrior Camp II is a fierce and challenging three-day workshop for children aged 10-14, where they will develop the ancient skills learnt in Warrior Camp I and experience what it’s like to survive a night at Butser Ancient Farm. More information…

Time Traveller Training! Tuesday 27th August 11am – 3pm
On Tuesdays in the summer holidays join us to pick up some of the skills needed if you suddenly found yourself travelling thousands of years into the past!  Each week pick up different skills and knowledge to fill in your time travel passport! More information…

Adventures in Archaeology Wednesday 28th August 11am – 3pm
Dig a little deeper into the past and join us for some amazing archaeology each Wednesday during the summer holidays. More information…

Storytelling for children Thursday 29th August 11am-3pm
Each Thursday during the summer holidays join us for storytelling and tales of daring adventures in the atmospheric setting of our ancient homes. More information…

All About our Animals – Four-legged Fridays! Friday 30th August 11am – 3pm
Join us on Fridays in the summer holidays to discover all about our wildlife and rare breed animals, and the vital role animals played in all aspects of ancient life. More information…

Archaeology Walk: Butser to Butser Sunday 8th September 10am – 12.30pm
Join our interpretive staff for a challenging walk from Butser Ancient Farm to the top of Butser Hill. Explore the connections in the ancient landscape as we make the journey from the farm to the summit of Butser Hill. More information… 

Evening talk: Saving Cultural Heritage – The Music of the Past with Jez Smith Thursday 19th September 7-8.30pm £5
Musician and researcher Jez Smith will give a combined talk and demonstration looking at ancient musical traditions and how they are being brought into the modern age. More information… More information…

Saxon Settlers; Herigeas Hundas at Butser – 21/22nd September 10am – 5pm
Saxon re-enactment group Herigeas Hundas will be in residence in the Saxon Hall with fighting demonstrations, cookery, ancient crafts, music, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Saxon Britain. http://www.hampshirereenactment.com/

Romans in Residence: Butser IX Legion – 28/29 September 10am – 5pm
The Butser IX Roman Legion will be in residence in the Roman Villa with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts, games and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the past and discover what life would have been like in Roman Britain.
The Butser IX Roman Legion is a volunteer Roman re-enactment group demonstrating various aspects of life in Roman Britain. To find out more visit; www.butserlegion.co.uk

Haust: Autumn Celebration – Sunday 29 September 12pm – 3pm
Join us for an afternoon of celebration as we mark the changing of the seasons from Summer to Autumn. More information…

Samhain Festival Friday 25 October 7 – 10pm
Join us to celebrate the evening of Samhain in the magical surroundings of the Great Roundhouse at Butser Ancient Farm. Between 7-10pm you will enjoy live music, professional storytelling by Jonathon Huet of Walk with Trees and a bar with local ales. More information…