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Fancy a really special alternative Christmas event to kick off the festive season?

Friday 19th December is the day to visit Butser Ancient Farm, with 2 events for your family to enjoy.  All children receive a gift to take home and are able to have a go at some natural crafts.  Tickets for each event cost £10 per child (includes 1 adult, additional adults pay normal entrance price).  Booking essential.

IMG_6064Saturnalia ‘the Roman Christmas Celebration’ – join us in the Roman Villa for some very special family time. Discover how the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, with the giving of gifts, lighting of candles, a procession and the awakening of a Roman God!  There are 2 sessions available, either 1pm or 2pm.

Tales of Winter Magic – Red Phoenix makes her annual appearance bringing a wintery feel at the end of the day.  Listen to Winter Solstice tales around the fire in the Grand Roundhouse with a hot chocolate and some festive singing.  You might even be crowned the Winter King!  Arrive from 3.30 to create your craft, the storytelling begins at 4pm.


Mid Winter Meditation – Saturday 20th December, 2-4pm. £16

In the stillness of midwinter, join us for a very special meditation in the big roundhouse with Madeleine. Bring with you a blanket to wrap up in and enjoy homemade refreshments included in the price.

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Imbolc Festival – Saturday 31st January 2015 – 1pm to 4pm

Join us for an afternoon of celebration with Jonathon Huet in our Great Roundhouse.

For £10 a head you will get an afternoon of entertainment, including a light warm meal.

Tickets available on the link at the top of this page.


A good way to get value for money is to buy an annual family pass, at £40 for a family of 4 for the year.  This would give you access to the farm throughout the year (excluding special ticketed events such as Beltain or Samhain).  You can buy these tickets either on the door, or over the phone by calling the office on 02392 598838.


We have a fantastic programme of special events throughout the year at Butser Ancient Farm, some of the best family fun days in Hampshire.

Some of our bewitching Celtic festivals draw a crowd of thousands, so make sure you don’t miss the excitement.

For our full events programme and dates of our special activities click here.

Beltain is our hugely popular festival to mark the start of summer, with a 30ft-high Wicker Man burned as the sun sets. Craft displays, hot food, live bands and a stunning setting make it a night to remember.

Join us for our ancient celebrations of spring and our Fairy Festival to mark the ancient Quarter Day of ‘Mid-Summer.’ Samhain celebrates the Celtic New Year in October, with a folk band, story telling, fire sculpture and ghost tours.

The Celtic Festival of Samhain during half term week

Gates open at 7 pm.  The event begins at 7.15 – 10 pm  Are you brave enough to handle the ghostly goings on in the Roman villa?  Or maybe you would prefer dancing in the Great Roundhouse to the lively tunes from the celebrated Hanging Tree Band?

Licensed bar and bbq available on the night

See the Great Roundhouse decorated at the end of December ready for the Tales of Winter Magic round a roaring fire.

To book tickets online click here

Another highlight is Open Night at the Museum, an opportunity to visit the farm in the evening. We also have a Dig It Archeology Day for children.

Special events such as Beltain require separate booking. Details will be available close to the date.

Please note that dogs, except assistance dogs, and other pets are not allowed at special events because of the large crowds.

Please read our Health & Safety Statement