Event List

EVENTS 2018

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.

2018 Upcoming Events

Easter holiday celebrations Friday 30th March to Sunday 15th April

Join us for a cracking Easter at Butser Ancient Farm. Meet our newborn baby lambs and kids and go on the hunt for clues to crack our springtime trail. There’ll be hands on activities, talks and demonstrations throughout the holidays too. More information…

Beltain: Burning of the Wickerman – Saturday 5 May
Celebrate the beginning of summer with music, dancing and the burning of the giant wickerman! Butser’s Beltain festival is famous across the country so don’t miss out – pre-order your tickets today! More information… 

FREE Talk: People of the Heath with Stuart Needham – Thursday 17 May
Join us for the first in our summer series of talks at Butser Ancient Farm. Stuart Needham from the ‘People of the Heath’ project will be exploring the Bronze Age barrowscape of the Rother Valley region. More information…

Fairy Festival – Sunday 10 June
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. Then enjoy a hot chocolate while listening to the latest adventures from Fayebles storytelling. More information…

Weapons & Warriors: Fathers’ Day Special – Sunday 17 June
Have a fun day out on Fathers’ 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. Could you defend yourself from an enemy? Would you have been courageous enough to join the Legion? More information…

FREE Talk: Stonehenge, the Pyramids, UFOs & all that stuff… – Thursday 21 June
Trevor Creighton will be exploring a few wild, wonderful and intriguing theories surrounding Stonehenge, the Pyramids, aliens and more. More information…

FREE Talk: Bronze & Iron Age Textiles within the Home – Thursday 19 July
Helen Poulter will be exploring the role of Bronze & Iron Age textiles within the home, having just completed her MRes in Archaeology at the University of Winchester. More information…

Festival of Archaeology: Life in the Past – Tuesday 24 July
As part of the Festival of Archaeology held each year by the Council for British Archaeology, we have a range of archaeological and outdoor activities for all the family to take part in. More information…

Awesome Earth – Tuesday 31 July
As part of our Summer of Science & Sorcery, kick start the holidays with a celebration of all things earth. Try clay pottery, chalk carving, baking bread in the oven, painting with natural pigments, flint wall building, daubing, making looming weights and worm charming. More information…

Fearsome Fire – Tuesday 7 August
As part of our Summer of Science & Sorcery, have a go at firelighting, metalworking, cooking, bread oven, glass beads, pottery firing, candlemaking, oil lamps and lighting the Roman hypocaust. More information…

Wonderful Water – Tuesday 14 August
As part of our Summer of Science & Sorcery, have a go at sailing a coracle, aqueducts, herbal drinks, Roman cleaning chores, washing clothes, the Roman latrine and waterproofing objects using clay, wax and pitch. More information…

FREE Talk: Celtic Herbs – Thursday 16 August
Join us for the forth in our summer series of talks at Butser Ancient Farm. Sarah Furey will be exploring the herbs and plants used in daily life during the Iron Age, and which ones we can still use today. More information…

Powerful Plants – Tuesday 21 August
As part of our Summer of Science & Sorcery, have a go at textiles & nettle fibres, cooking, making wooden pendants, woodwork, making nettle pesto and thatching. More information…

Beer, Bread & Bees Festival – Bank Holiday Monday 27 August
Join us for the finale of our Summer of Science & Sorcery as we celebrate all things beer, bread and bees! Try homebrewed nettle beer, grinding wheat for flour, learn about early wheats, taste local honey mead, bake bread in our oven and over the fire, watch a beekeeping demonstration and try local beers. More information…

FREE Talk: Saxon Skills & Warfare – Thursday 20 September
Join us for the last in our summer series of talks at Butser Ancient Farm. Professional blacksmith and Saxon reenactor Joe Tyler will be talking about Saxon skills and how they found victory in warfare. More information…

Mead and Moonlight evening  – Friday 28 September

Make merry in our Saxon long house after enjoying an atmospheric moon and lantern-lit journey through the farm sampling a variety of meads on your way. More information…