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2016 Events

Beltain: Burning of the Wickerman - Saturday 30 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. More info

Theatre in the Roundhouse: The Terrible Infants
 – 14 May & 20 May
Chichester College’s drama department has two exciting upcoming performances of The Terrible Infants at Butser Ancient Farm. More info

May Lecture: Secrets of the High Woods – Thursday 19 May
Join Alice Thorne from the South Downs National Park as she reveals exciting findings from their LiDAR landscape archaeology project. More info

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. More info

June Lecture: How Roman was Roman Britain? - Thursday 16 June
Join local historian Chris Grocock as he delivers an overview of recent developments in our understanding of the impact the Romans had in Britain and new focuses in archaeological investigations. More info

Weapons & Warriors: Father’s Day Special - Sunday 19 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? More info

Summer Solstice: Stars, Moon, Sleepover & Sunrise - Monday 20 June
Come and enjoy an evening of astronomy and magic, with Dave Woods from Hants Astro and Jacqui Richardson who is a Wiccan High Priestess looking at the stars, the rose moon and the sunrise of the summer solstice. More info

Theatre in the Roundhouse: Lark Rise to Candleford - Friday 15 July
A dramatisation by Keith Dewhurst from Flora Thompson’s celebrated novel Lark Rise to CandlefordMore info

Secrets of the High Woods: Travelling Exhibition – Monday 18 July to Sunday 31 July
Beneath the woods of West Sussex and East Hampshire lies a forgotten landscape, littered with traces of the past communities who have lived and worked here. For the past three years the Secrets of the High Woods project has been uncovering their stories using cutting edge LiDAR technology, an army of volunteer archaeologists, archive research and interviews with people living here today. Find out more at their interactive touring exhibition which will take place in our Roman villa and visitor centre. More info

July Lecture: Cooks in Ancient Rome – Thursday 21 July
Join local food historian Sally Grainger for fresh research examining the status, organisation and the esteem in which Roman cooks were held. More info

Try It! Day: Festival of Archaeology – Friday 22 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! More info

August Lecture: Pit Firing Ceramics - Thursday 18 August
Join artist Mary English to learn about ancient traditions and modern methods in pit firing ceramics, including details on the ancient process and contemporary usage today. More info 

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: Woodcraft Fayre - Sunday 25 September
Come along and enjoy woodworking and craft from the Hampshire Coppice Group.  There will be a variety of traditional skills being demonstrated and handmade wooden 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
More details soon! Please note the date on the leaflet has changed from 28 October to 29 October.

Saturnalia: The Roman Christmas - Friday 16 December
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Tales of Winter Magic - Monday 19 December
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2017 Events

Imbolc 2017 * Feb 4
Beltain 2017 * Apr 29

* Pre-booking advised

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