Event List


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2016 Events

September Lecture: Who are the Britons? - Thursday 22 September
Join our prehistoric reconstructor David Freeman for an insight into the ancient Britons and where we really come from. More info

Wood is Good - Sunday 25 September
Join us to welcome in the colder months with the end of season wood fayre! Enjoy woodworking and coppice craft with a variety of traditional skills being demonstrated, including pole lathe turning, spoon making, hedgelaying, gate hurdles, hazel hurdles, spar making, tent peg making, hedge laying, trug making, willow and hazel basket work and a whole host of other skills on show as well as handmade artefacts to purchase. More info

Samhain Festival - Friday 21 October
Join us to celebrate the evening of Samhain in the magical surroundings of the roundhouse at Butser Ancient Farm. Between 7pm and 10pm you will enjoy live music, storytelling by Jonathon Huet (Walk with Trees) and a bar with local ales and hot refreshments. More info

Samhain Storytelling Afternoon - Wednesday 26 October
Join us in the roundhouse for an afternoon of storytelling with Fayebles. In the past we have heard all about Fairy Bigtoe and her adventures… What will she get up to this time? You can also take part in the Spirit Hunt around the farm. Suitable for all the family. More info

Fright Night - Saturday 29 October
Following on the success of last year’s event, Butser are once again bringing terror to the farm. With three different experiences all designed to make you face your fears, why not come along and see if you are as brave as you think you are? Due to content we strongly recommend that this event is for those aged 16 and over. However, at their parents’ discretion, we will welcome those aged 12-15 provided that they are accompanied by an adult. Please note that the date of this event has changed on the leaflet from 28 October to 29 October. More info

Saturnalia: The Roman Christmas - Friday 16 December
Join us in the Roman villa to take part in the Saturnalia ceremony. Find out about what traditions the Romans took part in to celebrate this time of year (before Christmas came about as we know it!). Can you awaken the Roman god of Saturn? Each child will also receive a gift and create a natural Christmas decoration to take home. Booking open soon.

Tales of Winter Magic - Monday 19 December
Join us in the great roundhouse at Butser Ancient Farm for a festive afternoon of winter solstice storytelling with Red Phoenix. Enjoy a hot chocolate around the roaring fire while you soak up the atmosphere of the ancient building, good company and the anticipation of the story. Also have a go at making a natural Christmas craft and receive a gift to take home. Booking open soon.

2017 Events

Imbolc: Celtic Spring Festival - Saturday 4 February
Join us for the afternoon to celebrate the end of winter. The afternoon’s entertainment will include storytelling, poetry, singing, firelighting and a light warming meal – all included in the ticket price. Tickets on sale soon.

Beltain: Burning of the Wickerman - Saturday 29 April
Beltain (or Beltane) is an ancient Celtic celebration of the beginning of summer, with music, dancing and the burning of the giant Wicker Man. Tickets on sale soon.

May Lecture - Thursday 18 May
Butser will be holding their second year of special interest talks after the success of 2016. More details soon!

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin in Concert - Saturday 27 May
A folk music duo from Lancashire and winners of 2014’s BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. This event will be part of their UK tour where they have chosen to play in unique and unusual locations. For more information visit their website here. Booking will open soon.

Fairy Festival - Sunday 12 June
Join us in the roundhouse enclosure from 2pm to celebrate all things fairy! Dressing up is encouraged and little fairies (and elves, imps or other mythical creatures) can enjoy creating a magic wand to take home, make a heath wreath, and have beautiful face paints ready for an audience with the fairy queen where they can make a wish.  Then enjoy  a hot chocolate while listening to the latest adventures of Fairy Bigtoe in the Roundhouse. This tale is presented to you by Fairy Fables. Tickets on sale soon.

June Lecture - Thursday 15 June
Butser will be holding their second year of special interest talks after the success of 2016. More details soon!

Weapons & Warriors: Father’s Day Special - Sunday 18 June
Meet the Romans! This is a day looking at how the Roman army lived and fought in Britain. You’ll find out if you’d cope with wearing the armour, taking your orders in Latin and eating Roman food. Could you defend yourself from an enemy? Tickets on sale soon.

July Lecture - Thursday 20 July
Butser will be holding their second year of special interest talks after the success of 2016. More details soon!

Try It! Day: Festival of Archaeology – Friday 28 July
We have the Roman legion, metalworking, archaeology, Roman cooking, dressing up, face-painting, ancient textiles, wildlife crafts, hypocaust demonstration, coracle rides, thatching demonstrations, shamanic drumming, cave painting and farm animals, as well as visiting all our usual prehistoric buildings. Standard entrance rates apply and remember – we have tea, coffee and ice cream in the shop! Tickets on sale soon.

August Lecture - Thursday 17 August
Butser will be holding their second year of special interest talks after the success of 2016. More details soon!

September Lecture - Thursday 21 September
Butser will be holding their second year of special interest talks after the success of 2016. More details soon!

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