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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.  Plus win a family ticket by entering the Lego & Minecraft competition at the bottom of this page!

Full events programme

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.

Book tickets online

Special ticketed events (such as Beltain) require pre-booking. Details of these are on our events listing page 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

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

Get crafting in 2016!  ‘Mineology’ is a sweeping the nation and everyone loves Lego! You could win a family pass to Butser Ancient Farm.

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.  Can you create something “ancient” out of Lego?  Is it possible to create a roundhouse from bricks?  How about making an artifact or some furniture to go in our Roman Villa model? 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?  Perhaps the Stone Age and Saxon area’s are your inspiration?

“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. Email them to by Thursday 30th June 2016.
  4. Please include your name, age, address, email and phone number.
  5. The 2 winners (Lego or Minecraft) will be informed by 14th July 2016 and awarded a family day ticket to be used during 2016.
  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)