Join us this summer to celebrate all things Roman! All money raised will go towards our Roman Villa Renovation Project, which started in February 2016 and will cost £100,000 in total. Take part in Toga Tuesdays to learn more about Roman life, and visit our Glorious Games & Gladiators day to experience a real Roman gladiator fight! All our Roman Summer events are charged at normal entrance prices, and take place from 10am-5pm.
Try It! Day – 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! This year we’ll have archaeology, felting, costumes, face painting, wattling, wildlife, cooking, head dresses, bushcraft, thatching and more!
Toga Tuesday: Kitchen, Food & Home Life – 1 August
Taste delicious Roman cooking and find out what Romans loved to eat and drink; learn how the Romans completed domestic chores before modern technology; make your own clay oil lamp; create hot, tasty drinks using herbs and honey!
Toga Tuesday: Wardrobe & Weapons – 8 August
Dress up as a Roman man, woman, boy or girl; have your hair styled like a Roman; learn about Roman make up and have your own makeover; have a look at real Roman weapons and even hold a gladius sword; find out how the Romans were so fierce in battle!
Toga Tuesday: Art, Plays & Poetry – 15 August
Children can take part in a short production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with local theatre group Faybles; listen to original Roman poetry recitals in Poetry Corner; have a go at Roman seco painting and using different pigments and textures; create your own Vindolanda tablet; experiment with mosaics!
Toga Tuesday: Technology & Engineering – 22 August
Learn how to build a real working hypocaust, an underfloor heating system brought over by the Romans; learn how to build a Roman archway; find out what a gromer is and how it was used to make the famous Roman roads!
Glorious Games & Gladiators!
Bank Holiday Monday 28th August – BOOK HERE
Have you ever wondered what a real Roman gladiator day would have been like? Now you can experience it at Butser Ancient Farm! Watch a real gladiator fight in our special arena, visit a real Roman market stall to buy some intriguing items, and enjoy a variety of other entertainment across the site. We will also be joined by bestselling Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence, who will be meeting young readers and judging our art & poetry competition, as well as signing copies of her new books The Gladiators from Capua and Death in the Arena!
To enter the Art & Poetry Competition, find more details here.