Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm Experimental Archaeology and Educational site
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Welcome to Butser Ancient Farm! We’re a unique experimental archaeological site and a fascinating day out, nestled into the rolling South Downs National Park. The farm displays ongoing constructions of ancient buildings based on real sites, dating from the Stone Age through the Iron Age and Roman Britain, and finishing with the Anglo-Saxons. We also grow crops from prehistory and keep rare breeds of animals, including pigs, goats and sheep. We have a full programme of special events including fantastic Celtic festivals and workshops, such as metallurgy, Iron Age cooking, bushcraft skills or felting. It’s a truly memorable family day out on the Hampshire/West Sussex border.

4 days till Beltain!Jonathon Huet from Walkwithtrees will be joining us once again to tell wonderful stories around the ...
30/04/2019

4 days till Beltain!

Jonathon Huet from Walkwithtrees will be joining us once again to tell wonderful stories around the fire in our Little Woodbury Roundhouse. Be transported back in time and to other worlds with Jonathon's enchanting tales...

...If you want to get a glimpse of potential other worlds, stop by HantsAstro who will have their many telescopes set up pointing to the sky and stars above!✨

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-festival/

5 days till Beltain! Delighting visitors with a fantastic array of ancient and traditional crafts, demonstrations and di...
29/04/2019

5 days till Beltain!
Delighting visitors with a fantastic array of ancient and traditional crafts, demonstrations and displays will be many local artisans, experimental archaeologists, heritage attractions and craftspeople including Ancient Craft - James Dilley and the Ancient Wessex Network CIC
Come and learn about and try your hand at a huge range of ancient skills this Saturday.

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-festival/

6 Days till Beltain!Alongside our fantastic musical performers, we'll have lots of dancing to get your feet tapping and ...
28/04/2019

6 Days till Beltain!

Alongside our fantastic musical performers, we'll have lots of dancing to get your feet tapping and body moving! The Hook Eagle Morris Men will be entertaining visitors with performances across the site, will you be joining us for a jig?

...Or, for a very different type of exercise perhaps a bit of Axe throwing to test your strength with Flying Iron Co - Axe Throwing, warrior training or fencing!

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-festival/

Only one week till Beltain! The farm is alive with activity as we get ready to welcome festival goers next Saturday. We'...
27/04/2019

Only one week till Beltain!

The farm is alive with activity as we get ready to welcome festival goers next Saturday. We've been tweaking the Wickerman and have to say he is looking very impressive gazing out across the site. Here are a few photos of our previous Wickermen at Butser to whet your appetite...

Will you be joining us next week to see this years design?

8 days till Beltain! We're delighted to be joined by a host of talented musical performers at this years Beltain. Music ...
26/04/2019

8 days till Beltain!

We're delighted to be joined by a host of talented musical performers at this years Beltain.

Music from The Ed Goodale Band, Yeehaa Granma and the Pentacle Drummers will once again entertain the crowds, creating a wonderful atmosphere carrying across the site. They'll be joined this year by new acts, with sea shanty singing from the Powder Monkeys, and in our Little Woodbury Roundhouse, relax around the fire with Celtic Harp Music from international Harpist Harriet Earis.

Have you got your tickets yet?
http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-festival/

9 days till Beltain!Beltain offers a chance to step back into the past, helping us along the way this year will be some ...
25/04/2019

9 days till Beltain!

Beltain offers a chance to step back into the past, helping us along the way this year will be some expert re-enactors bringing our ancient buildings to life.

Entertaining the crowds with demonstrations, crafts, cooking, games and much more on May 4th will be Saxons from Herigeas Hundas, Romans from Butser IX Legion, and Iron Age Celts to name but a few!

Have you got your tickets yet? http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-festival/

10 days till Beltain... the official countdown for our 2019 festival begins!The beer tent has been going up (priorities!...
24/04/2019

10 days till Beltain... the official countdown for our 2019 festival begins!

The beer tent has been going up (priorities!! 😜) and the farm is a hive of activity with our preparations! Amongst the tipples on offer this year will be wonderful ales from local breweries Red Cat Brewing, Bowman Ales Ltd and cider from Mr. Whitehead's Cider plus it wouldn't be a Celtic festival without Mead provided by the fantastic Chalice Mead Ltd🍶🍻🌀🔥

Skål!

Our mosaic project reached a significant milestone over Easter  – the final tessera of the geometric border has been l...
23/04/2019

Our mosaic project reached a significant milestone over Easter – the final tessera of the geometric border has been laid!

Since we resumed work this month the team has made enormous progress, laying almost as much of the floor area in two weeks as we did in two months last year!

In part that’s because our mosaicists are now experts in their professions, and partly because a lot of our work over the past week or two has been in the border – with much larger tesserae (tiles) and no tricky pattern to lay. But the other reason things have speeded up is that we had extra help from many, many of our visitors over the Easter break - thank you to everyone who lent a hand!

People of all ages were down on their hands and knees helping us get the floor finished. The help was much appreciated and it seems like everyone had an absolute ball doing it – a real win-win!

We still have a little more to finish off but it is all very simple to lay, so we’re hoping to have it all done by the end of May for our 'Villa Warming' celebration in May half-term!

That means we will have a fully redecorated triclinium, ready to welcome the Emperor, and all of our visitors!

Thank you to everyone who has joined us over the Easter holidays 😃We're now into full-on Beltain Festival preparation...
22/04/2019

Thank you to everyone who has joined us over the Easter holidays 😃
We're now into full-on Beltain Festival preparation mode and hope to welcome lots of you to join us to celebrate the start of Summer on May 4th!

Happy Easter from us all at Butser!Here's a sunbathing lamb to brighten your day! ☺️If you fancy an Easter adventure...
21/04/2019

Happy Easter from us all at Butser!

Here's a sunbathing lamb to brighten your day! ☺️

If you fancy an Easter adventure, join us at the farm today for a taste of Saxon life, take part in our Easter trail, get hands-on with some ancient activities and enjoy the beauty of Spring as nature bursts to life on the farm!🌿🌸

There'll be more Saxon cooking, crafts, traditional skills and fighting demonstrations today at the farm from the wonder...
20/04/2019

There'll be more Saxon cooking, crafts, traditional skills and fighting demonstrations today at the farm from the wonderful Herigeas Hundas.

The group are also preparing for our Beltain festival, where they'll be entertaining the crowds alongside re-enactors and craftspeople from the Stone Age, Iron Age and Roman periods!

Beltain is now just two weeks away and there are still some tickets available but hurry they are going fast!! 😃

https://bit.ly/2UzMHvi

Photobomb alert!Believe it or not, this picture was taken to show our lovely Manx Loaghtan sheep and lambs framed by the...
19/04/2019

Photobomb alert!

Believe it or not, this picture was taken to show our lovely Manx Loaghtan sheep and lambs framed by the roundhouses - it was only when we uploaded it onto a computer that we spotted the kestrel sitting proudly atop our Danebury CS1 Roundhouse! 😆

It's always wonderful to see the huge variety of wildlife that thrives amongst the ancient buildings here at Butser.

Hurrah, the Saxons will be with us again from tomorrow till Monday to celebrate the Easter weekend in true Anglo-Saxon s...
18/04/2019

Hurrah, the Saxons will be with us again from tomorrow till Monday to celebrate the Easter weekend in true Anglo-Saxon style!

Anglo-Saxons were originally pagans and worshipped many gods. According to the Venerable Bede (a priest who wrote accounts of the Saxons) April was known as Eostermonath and named after the goddess Eostre or Ostara. Today this goddess is associated with the symbols of the spring hare and eggs and is thought to be the root of the word Easter. 🐇

Here's a photo from their Easter feast held here at Butser last year 😋

The beautiful golden thatch on our Little Woodbury Roundhouse has been practically gleaming in the glorious Spring sunsh...
17/04/2019

The beautiful golden thatch on our Little Woodbury Roundhouse has been practically gleaming in the glorious Spring sunshine recently ☺️🌞

Join us tomorrow for children's storytelling with Theresa around the hearth in our Moel Y Gerddi Roundhouse plus more mo...
16/04/2019

Join us tomorrow for children's storytelling with Theresa around the hearth in our Moel Y Gerddi Roundhouse plus more mosaic laying, our Easter trail and hands on archaeology activities as part of our Easter holiday fun ☺️

Some wonderful chalk carvings from today at Butser Ancient Farm. All of our visitors loved the activities today - chalk ...
15/04/2019

Some wonderful chalk carvings from today at Butser Ancient Farm. All of our visitors loved the activities today - chalk carving, mosaic laying, neolithic hot cross bun toasting(!)

Lots more holiday activities tomorrow - your chance to do some mosaic laying and tablet weaving in the Roman Villa, and a stone age flint knapping demonstration. Our lambs are out and about and the forecast is looking great... hope to see you here!

In honour of our ongoing Villa mosaic project, we've gone mosaic mad for our Easter trail this year! Follow the journey ...
14/04/2019

In honour of our ongoing Villa mosaic project, we've gone mosaic mad for our Easter trail this year!

Follow the journey of Sirius the dog around the farm and hunt out the hidden sections of mosaic, you can make a rubbing of each section to reveal the final mosaic design to take home 😊

We've even made a dedicated website all about Roman mosaic making for young children and teachers - check it out here; https://butserromanmosaic.wordpress.com

Our trail runs every day of the Easter holidays and we're now open 7 days a week 10 - 5 (last entry 4pm)

There are now just three weeks until our Beltain festival!Visitors joining us so far over the Easter holidays will have ...
13/04/2019

There are now just three weeks until our Beltain festival!

Visitors joining us so far over the Easter holidays will have seen our giant Wickerman construction growing day by day!

The festival of Beltain is all about celebrating the fertility and potency of the earth as nature bursts into life all around us, a chance to welcome in the summer months with feasting, music, dancing and fire!

The farm is alive with green shoots, spring blossoms and buzzing bees, birds and animals are having their young and birdsong fills the air!

A special invitation to a Saxon supper in our Saxon house. Experience an evening meal in a mead hall with us. Just six p...
13/04/2019

A special invitation to a Saxon supper in our Saxon house. Experience an evening meal in a mead hall with us. Just six places are available. We'll start with a toast from a shared drinking horn. The starter will be cheese, eggs and fruit, followed by a Saxon-style vegetable cake with honey roasted chicken thighs and buttered mushrooms. Dessert will be seasonal berries, cream and Saxon-style honey shortbread.
Starts at 6pm, Saturday 11 May.
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/hampshire/butser-ancient-farm/saxon-supper/2019-05-11/19:00

Would you like to try metal work without the heat? Copper repousse is a great way to get started for newcomers to metal ...
11/04/2019

Would you like to try metal work without the heat? Copper repousse is a great way to get started for newcomers to metal work. You'll learn the skills you need to create a design on copper sheet with blacksmith Wez Cole.
Sunday 18 May, £90.

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/metalwork-workshops/

We've had a beautiful day on the farm today, with lots of activity over in the villa as part of our renovation project. ...
10/04/2019

We've had a beautiful day on the farm today, with lots of activity over in the villa as part of our renovation project. Our visitors have even been helping to lay some tesserae to complete our mosaic floor!

If you'd like to have a go and find out more about the art of mosaic making join us on weekdays throughout the Easter holidays (excluding the bank holiday weekend) to be part of this unique project!

09/04/2019
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Our bottle-fed baby lamb is certainly full of the joys of spring with his new friend!
Unfortunately this little one couldn't feed from his mother so we have stepped in to help out, but he certainly seems to be doing well! Thanks to Dawn DD Storyteller for sharing the lovely video ☺️
We're now open everyday of the Easter holidays if you want to come and say hello to our lovely animals and join us for our Easter activities!

Do you love to hear a story? If you've ever wanted to understand how stories are made and told join local writer and sto...
08/04/2019

Do you love to hear a story? If you've ever wanted to understand how stories are made and told join local writer and storyteller, Dawn Nelson for a day of faerytale, folk and fable. Saturday 18 May, £35

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/voicesofthepast/

It's our first open weekend of the season and we're delighted to be joined by a delegation of Saxons from the Thegns of ...
06/04/2019

It's our first open weekend of the season and we're delighted to be joined by a delegation of Saxons from the Thegns of Mercia demonstrating cooking, crafts, music and traditional skills.

We'll be open 10 - 5 (last entry 4pm) and hope you can join us 😃

Spring Forage. Join Tamara Colchester to find edible wild flowers and plants and learn how to use them. This herbal know...
04/04/2019

Spring Forage. Join Tamara Colchester to find edible wild flowers and plants and learn how to use them. This herbal knowledge has long been our heritage, and reconnecting with the landscape in this way is both very simple and often quite profound. It is a lesson that will last a lifetime.
Saturday 11 May, £60

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/2018-kingdom-of-plants/

As the days get longer and lighter we're excited to be getting stuck back into our villa renovations and transformation ...
02/04/2019

As the days get longer and lighter we're excited to be getting stuck back into our villa renovations and transformation ☺️

The window arches have just been replastered, painting has resumed, and the mosaic project continues from next week. Over 1 tonne of mortar will need to be hand mixed over the next few weeks in preparation!

We were struck by the beautiful light filtering into the villa earlier, and can't wait to see how all the hard work will come together when it's all finished...

It's the last day to buy early-bird tickets for Beltain, the price goes up tonight at midnight! New additions at this ye...
01/04/2019

It's the last day to buy early-bird tickets for Beltain, the price goes up tonight at midnight!

New additions at this year's festival range from Axe throwing to Celtic Harp music and much more in between!
We can't wait! 😁

https://www.facebook.com/events/400415067183119/

Happy Mother's day from us all here at Butser! Here's our newest mum at the farm, who welcomed these beautiful twins on ...
31/03/2019

Happy Mother's day from us all here at Butser!
Here's our newest mum at the farm, who welcomed these beautiful twins on Friday!☺️❤️

With 5 weeks till Beltain we thought we'd share a few more photos from last year to whet your appetite! Hope you can joi...
30/03/2019

With 5 weeks till Beltain we thought we'd share a few more photos from last year to whet your appetite!

Hope you can join us!

**REMINDER** Early-bird ticket sales for Beltain end this Monday!**
https://www.facebook.com/events/400415067183119/

Happy Friday - this lovely weather is certainly putting us in a festival mood!  Just a gentle reminder that our early-bi...
29/03/2019

Happy Friday - this lovely weather is certainly putting us in a festival mood!

Just a gentle reminder that our early-bird Beltain tickets are only available until Monday 1st April.

If you'd like to join us on the 4th May do book soon to avoid disappointment as tickets are selling fast ☺️

Here's a photo of last years Wickerman awaiting the start of the festival!

https://www.facebook.com/events/400415067183119/

28/03/2019

Beautiful blackthorn flowers are currently blossoming around the farm - a lovely sign of Spring and the returning sun! 🌸🌞

We've been making the most of this glorious weather and cracking on with the Wickerman construction ready for Beltain!Th...
27/03/2019

We've been making the most of this glorious weather and cracking on with the Wickerman construction ready for Beltain!

The design is top secret till the night so we won't be giving too much away here, but the legs are starting to take shape!

**Early-bird tickets for our Beltain Festival, which takes place on Saturday 4th May are currently on sale until April 1 - don't miss out!**

https://www.facebook.com/events/400415067183119/

We're currently running a ten-day (and night!) experiment to test the functioning of the Roman Hypocaust in our Villa. B...
25/03/2019

We're currently running a ten-day (and night!) experiment to test the functioning of the Roman Hypocaust in our Villa.

By constantly running the hypocaust and recording, amongst other things, temperature, humidity, wind speed and wood consumption, we hope to create a data set that will help in discussions about the use of domestic space in a late Romano-British Villa House. Findings to follow soon!
🔥😊

We're looking forward to resuming our work on the mosaic project in our Villa in the coming Easter holidays 🙂We have ...
23/03/2019

We're looking forward to resuming our work on the mosaic project in our Villa in the coming Easter holidays 🙂

We have the final section of the central geometric mosaic to finish and then the outer border of large red tesserae to complete the room!

Even more excitingly, we'll be inviting visitors to join us in laying this final outer border during the holidays!

Visit the farm on weekdays from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 18th April to be a part of this special project (mosaic sessions will run from 11-12 and 1 -2)... after all, it's not every day you can say you helped lay a Roman mosaic in a villa! 😁

Stone Age survival. Could you make flint tools? Or light a fire without matches or a lighter? Or make cordage and glue t...
22/03/2019
Flint knapping, natural cordage, fire lighting, learn ancient skills

Stone Age survival. Could you make flint tools? Or light a fire without matches or a lighter? Or make cordage and glue to fix a flint blade to spear? You'll learn to do all these things and more at the Ancient Living workshop. You'll also cook your own Stone Age lunch and then enjoy a special feast cooked for you in the evening before settling down for a night in one of our ancient houses. An experience to remember.
http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/ancient-skills-workshop/

We had a wonderful evening last Friday, gathered around a roaring fire with mead in hand and the very talented Jason Buc...
20/03/2019

We had a wonderful evening last Friday, gathered around a roaring fire with mead in hand and the very talented Jason Buck Storyteller bringing the Roundhouse to life with stories of Viking myths and legends.

We are planning lots more storytelling events over the coming year, check our website for details!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the evening, here are some photos from the night! 🔥

We have lots of lovely lambs full of the joys of spring on the farm at the moment! They are born with a dark brown or bl...
19/03/2019

We have lots of lovely lambs full of the joys of spring on the farm at the moment!

They are born with a dark brown or black wool which lightens over time to the creamier colour of the rest of the flock 🐑

The return of the White Hart!This week we were lucky enough to see the elusive White Hart once more at Butser, and he's ...
16/03/2019

The return of the White Hart!

This week we were lucky enough to see the elusive White Hart once more at Butser, and he's certainly grown!

This beautiful creature has a multitude of folklore, myths and legends behind him; in Celtic Mythology such a vision symbolises the existence of the other world and was thought to be a bringer of great changes to those who encountered it 🦌

We've been stoking the central roundhouse fire ready for our sold-out evening of Viking storytelling tonight... These sp...
15/03/2019

We've been stoking the central roundhouse fire ready for our sold-out evening of Viking storytelling tonight... These spaces feel made for stories and we can't wait! 😄

Learn Something old and cast a bronze Wilburton sword blade. These workshops are run for two participants and we have on...
14/03/2019

Learn Something old and cast a bronze Wilburton sword blade. These workshops are run for two participants and we have one place available on 6 or 13 April. You'll need to contact us directly to book. The one-day workshop costs £200 per person plus booking fees. Please send a message if you are interested.

Our English goats definitely look like we've caught them plotting something and up to no good in this picture! 😄🐐W...
09/03/2019

Our English goats definitely look like we've caught them plotting something and up to no good in this picture! 😄🐐
We caught them boisterously playing in this clip filmed from the office window!

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Chalton Lane
Petersfield
PO8 0BG

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 16:30 - 22:00

Telephone

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