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Special Events at Butser Ancient Farm

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.

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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.  See the Great Roundhouse decorated at the end of December ready for the Tales of Winter Magic round a roaring fire.  Another highlight is Open Night at the Museum, an opportunity to visit the farm in the evening, often with theatre in the roundhouse. We also have a Family Archaeology Days for children.

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Special ticketed events (such as Beltain) require separate booking. Details of these are be available close to the date and online booking is available through ticketsource at the top of this page.


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

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

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 14 photo


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.

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

Beltain Festival Saturday 2nd May 2015.  #standintheglow


Easter Family Fun – ‘Build Butser’ – Lego & Minecraft Competition

The competition is now closed and entries are being judged!

Bring the children along to do our Easter Bunny hunt.  Help yourself activities available all holiday and you may even find a Roman, Celt, spinner or weaver somewhere on the farm!

Join us for some creative building fun this half term at Butser Ancient Farm and you could win a family pass!

Why not tweet a photo of your creation using #buildbutser and share it with @butserfarm or add your photo to our facebook group?

The LEGO Challenge!

What can you build?  Come and get inspired by our life size lego mosaic floor in the Roman Villa.  Can you create something “ancient” out of Lego?  Is it possible to create a roundhouse from bricks?  How about making an artifact or something which would go in one of the houses?  The only limitation is your imagination! Lego will be available to use in the visitor centre during half term, or you can create your masterpieces at home.

The Minecraft Challenge!

Can you create a Butser Ancient Farm world?  Try building a roundhouse or a villa?  Would your villagers have daily challenges?  What animals would you have? Can you create a giant wickerman?

“Minecraft – It’s like lego (except you can’t stand on it, you don’t have to put it away and it doesn’t clog up the hoover!)”  Relieved mum, Hampshire!

Competition Time!  Win a Family Pass to Butser Ancient Farm!

All you need to do to enter is:

  1. Build your Minecraft or Lego version of Butser Ancient Farm (or part of it!).
  2. Take up to 4 photo’s and a description of what you have built.
  3. Send them to by Monday 20th April 2015.
  4. Please include your name, age, address email and phone number.
  5. The 2 winners (Lego or Minecraft) will be informed by 22nd May 2015 and awarded a family day ticket to be used during 2015.
  6. We would like permission to share some of your photo’s on social media to celebrate your achievement.  (Look on our facebook page or on twitter @butserfarm #buildbutser. Please note that we will not mention childrens names on social media)

Sat 20th June – Young Archaeologists Club (2-4pm), £3 per child (aged 8-16).

21st June – Weapons and Warriors – Fathers Day special!  Join the Legion, discover if you are man enough to have survived!  Plus Beowulf drama workshop in the afternoon.