Event List


Vikings Attack! – 21/22nd September 10am – 4pm
This September, the Viking hoard of Wuffa from Suffolk have heard about the prosperous Hampshire farm of Butser and its surrounding lands and are planning a raid to take it for themselves, by whatever means necessary.
But Butser have a fearsome war band of Anglo-Saxons, the brutal Herigeas Hundas who call these lands their home and are prepared to fight to the death to keep what they hold sacred!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these two titans of history do battle in the grounds of Butser Ancient Farm, with Herigeas Hundas defending the magnificent Saxon hall from the marauding Vikings of Wuffa! More information…

An Evening with the Vikings: Mead, music and storytelling – Saturday 21st September 7 – 9pm
On Saturday 21st September, in conjunction with the exciting new Vikings Attack! event, guests will be able to join the Vikings of Wuffa and the Anglo Saxons of Herigeas Hundas for an evening of mead, music and storytelling in the farm’s magical largest roundhouse from 7pm until 9pm. More information…

Romans in Residence: Butser IX Legion – 28/29 September 10am – 4pm
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 the afternoon as we mark the changing of the seasons from Summer to Autumn on our last open weekend of the year. More information…

Viking Magic, Hidden Gold – Saturday 5 October, 2.30pm – 4.30pm and 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Archaeologist and broadcaster, Mary-Ann Ochota joins forces with Jason Buck, Storyteller to bring history out from where it’s been buried in the ground, back to life and into stories. 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…

October half term – Samhain, Storytelling, Skeletons and Spooky Stuff! Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November  10 – 4pm
Samhain is a magical time of the year in the ancient Celtic calendar when, it is believed, the veil between the worlds is very thin; a time for communication with the ancestors and the spirits of the dead.
This half term at Butser Ancient Farm there are many ways to mark this special time of year and discover more about the ancient traditions of Samhain. The farm is open from Monday to Friday with a themed trail, spooky storytelling, handling sessions, craft activities and more.

Tales of Winter Magic Friday 13th December 7pm – 9.30pm
Join us in the great roundhouse at Butser Ancient Farm for a festive early evening of family-friendly Winter Solstice storytelling with Red Phoenix. Enjoy a hot chocolate or drinks from the bar around the roaring fire while you soak up the atmosphere of the ancient building, the good company and the anticipation of the story. There will also be music to entertain the crowd, as well as a visit from the Prize Old Mummers.
Gates open at 6.30 for the event to start at 7pm. More information…

The Holly King; an ancient midwinter celebration  21/22/23 December 10:30am- 11:30am and 1pm -2pm £10 per person
A special experience for families to join the ancient midwinter celebration of the Holly King. In the dark, cold days of midwinter the holly tree grows green in the forest. When the summer trees have lost their leaves, the Holly King stands guard over the forest and its birds and animals, caring for them during the winter. We welcome small groups to come and hear the story of the Holly King, told sitting by the fire in a warm roundhouse, and meet the Holly King. Booking available soon.