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2016 Events

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. Book here!

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. Book here!

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. More information…

Stargazing Evening – Friday 10 February
As part of the South Downs National Park ‘Dark Skies at Night’ festival, Butser Ancient Farm are delighted to be hosting an evening of stargazing on Friday 10th February. Doors open at 7.30pm, when visitors can buy refreshments in our visitor centre, and at 8pm Dave Woods from Hants Astro will give a short introduction to the night sky. Guests can then step outside into our ancient world and view stars and planets millions of years old through state-of-the-art telescopes. More information…

Stargazing Trail – Saturday 18 February – Sunday 26 February
In addition to our one-off stargazing evening, there will also be an astro-themed family trail taking place throughout half term, where children and their adults can learn all about astronomy and astrology in a fun and interactive challenge to win a cosmic certificate! More information…

Beltain: Burning of the Wicker Man – 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. You can expect a pleasant afternoon/evening of entertainment and refreshments culminating with the burning of the giant wicker man at dusk! More information…

Talk: The Meonstoke Excavations – Thursday 18 May
Join us for the first in our summer series of FREE talks at Butser Ancient Farm. Professor Tony King will be talking about the Meonstoke Excavations, where archaeologists were able to identify a Roman temple among other buildings. More information…

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 11 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 from Faye’s Fables in the roundhouse. More information…

Talk: The Symbolic Role of the Barbarian in Roman Art – Thursday 15 June
Join us for the second in our summer series of FREE talks at Butser Ancient Farm. Claire Walton will be talking about Roman propaganda in art and how they portrayed the Iron Age people as barbarians. More information…

Weapons & Warriors: Father’s Day Special – Sunday 18 June
Have a fun day out on Fathers’ Day and meet the Romans! Discover ancient weapons and be amazed by the lives of brave warriors. Find out how the Roman army lived and fought in Britain, and if you’d cope with wearing the armour, taking your orders in Latin and eating Roman food. Could you defend yourself from an enemy? Would you have been courageous enough to join the Legion? Come and have a go! More information…

Talk: Wildlife of Prehistoric Britain – Thursday 20 July
Join us for the third in our summer series of FREE talks at Butser Ancient Farm. Tiffany Francis will be exploring the wildlife of prehistoric Britain, including ancient species lost to extinction and those that still live among us. More information…

Try It! Day: Festival of Archaeology – Friday 28 July
Every year the Council for British Archaeology organise the Festival of Archaeology, and Butser Ancient Farm are delighted to celebrate with experimental archaeology, hands on activities and outdoor fun! Your whole family can get stuck in with the activities we have laid on for you, so bring a picnic, discover and learn! More information…

Warrior Camp (Age 8-14) – Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August
Warrior Camp is designed for 8-14 year olds to see what life was like for young people living two thousand years ago, and what challenges they would have faced. Kids will have a go at dealing with them using modern materials, and each day is designed to answer a different set of challenges, while the whole week links together to form a fantastic summer experience. More information…

Toga Tuesdays! – 1 August / 8 August / 15 August / 22 August
Join us this summer to celebrate all things Roman! Each Tuesday throughout August, visitors can learn a little more about life as a Roman, including the kitchen, home life, fashion, weaponry, art, literature, technology and engineering. Families can also buy their own Roman passport to travel back in time with style! More information…

Flint Knapping & Lithics Soc Weekend – Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 August
Enjoy the August sun and watch flint knappers at work across the site as the Lithics Society arrive for their annual meeting. Standard entrance costs and opening times apply. Like what you see? Why not book onto our flint knapping workshop in September with expert author Bob Turner? More information…

Talk:  – 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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