Come and visit us at the weekend!   Now open every day (apart from May 3rd - closed for Beltain preparations - and May 4th – the big clean up!)  until the beginning of October.


Beltain – The Burning of the Wicker Man takes place on Saturday May 3rd from 4.30 pm.  Car park opens at 4 pm. Gates to event open at 4.30 pm.

Come along and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere with a host of attractions including:

Live Bands – Feckless and  Aimée

Ancient music musicians

birds of prey

Photo by Graham Green

Burning the Wicker Man
Photo by Graham Green

herbal medicines

hog roast


vegetarian food

Hants Astro

licensed bar


Don’t miss the opportunity to win this wonderful, hand cast, bronze axe!

and many other stalls and            demonstrations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to win this beautiful,  hand cast, bronze axe!  It will be raffled on the evening of Beltain.

If booked before 3 pm on Friday May 2nd, tickets cost £13 for adults and £7 for children (5 – 16 year olds). Please note there is a £2 booking fee per telephone order, which covers the cost of posting tickets out.

From 3 pm Friday May 2nd tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for children.

Book your tickets now by phoning 02392 598838! 

Please note the site is closed on May 3rd until 4.30 pm.  It will also be closed on Sunday May 4th.


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.

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. 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