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Sunday 27th September   Wood is Good! with the Hampshire Coppice Group

A brand new event that we hope to continue hosting annually in the future! Local people from the Hampshire Coppice Group will be demonstrating the making of wattle hurdles, gate hurdles, besom brooms, traditional hay rakes, tent pegs and clothes pegs. There will also be a chance to buy a range of products and hear talks on traditional woodland management. Standard admission rates apply, which includes entry to the rest of the site.


Wednesday 28th October   Samhain Celebrations

Join us for a day of celebrations on one of the spookiest days of the year… Samhain is one of the most important dates in the Pagan calendar as it marks the Day of the Dead, when the veils between this world and the next are at their thinnest. Many also believe it is the date of Celtic New Year! In the afternoon, families can complete the ‘Spirit Hunt’ around the farm, and at 2pm we have storytelling in the big roundhouse. Normal admission rates apply for the afternoon activities. In the evening, 7-10pm, adults can join us for a special night in the roundhouse with storytelling, live music and a bar. Tickets for the evening event are £15 and can be pre-booked on line.


Friday 30th October   Fright Night!

New for 2015! Join us at the farm and explore our ancient site in the dark, as we bring our ancestors back to life! Building on the ‘Ghost Tours of the Villa’ from previous years, this is an eerie ADULTS ONLY event. Book your time slot online. Price £10


Saturday 31st October   Meditation with Madeleine Allison

Spend the afternoon in the great roundhouse as we welcome in the Celtic New Year at Butser Ancient Farm. We invite you to look deep into the past year for inspiration to take you through to the next one, within the evocative atmosphere of our largest Iron Age roundhouse. 3-5pm – booking essential.


Friday 18th December   Saturnalia: The Roman ‘Christmas’

A very special session for children to discover how the Romans celebrated this time of year, in honour of the deity Saturn. The holiday was usually accompanied by sacrifices, a public banquet and a carnival atmosphere in which social norms were inverted and masters waited on the tables of their servants! Session takes place 2-3pm and includes a gift and craft session. £12 per child including one free adult. Extra adults charged at standard admission.


Friday 18th December   Tales of Winter Magic! Storytelling with Red Phoenix

Join us around the fire with a delicious hot chocolate, and listen to festive tales in the great roundhouse. This event takes place after our Saturnalia celebrations. £12 per child including one free adult. Extra adults charged at standard admission.


Saturday 19th December   Meditation with Madeleine Allison

Celebrate Winter Solstice at the farm as the year begins to turn. We invite you to share the magic and promise of winter’s deep beauty, within the dark quiet and firelight of the great roundhouse. 2-4pm – booking essential.


Saturday 30th January   Imbolc 2016: Celtic Spring Festival

Prepare to bid farewell to the cold winter nights and gradually welcome in the spring! It is held half way between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, and we’ll have storytelling, poetry, singing and firelight to make this year’s festival one to remember.


Saturday 30th April   Beltain 2016:  Burning of the Wickerman

Join us for live music, falconry, astronomy, ancient and traditional crafts, local ale & food. The evening culminates with the burning of the giant wicker man, as we welcome in the summer months and hope for a good harvest!


Previous Events:

Try It! Family Archaeology Day

Have a go at being an experimental archaeologist! There are lots of things for families to do, including coracle paddling, brick making, dressing in costume, face painting, weaving, spinning, Roman cooking, metalworking, felting and ‘Secrets of the High Woods’ with South Downs National Park. The day runs from 10-5 and normal admission rates apply. Remember to bring a picnic!


Fairy Festival
Bring your little fairies and elves to meet the queen in the Iron Age enclosure between 2-5pm. Dressing up is encouraged, plus storytelling in the great roundhouse at 2.30 and 4.00pm. Listen to the magical tale of how Fairy Bigtoe rescues summer! This is an enchanted story with a visit from from some grumpy characters. Can Fairy Bigtoe save the season? Plus activities including make a head wreath, facepainting and create your own natural wand to take home. Normal entrance applies.  Under 5’s free.


  Beowulf! Theatre in the Great Roundhouse…

The Lion and Unicorn Players’ adaptation will have you feeling that you are actually there! Will Beowulf save the day? Bar and refreshments available. Visit www.lionandunicornplayers.co.uk for more information on the theatre group.