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.

We're busy getting set up for the harp concert this evening in the roundhouse! It's a beautiful evening for it! 🌞
30/06/2018

We're busy getting set up for the harp concert this evening in the roundhouse! It's a beautiful evening for it! 🌞

28/06/2018
Celtic Harp concert in the roundhouse teaser!

Celtic harpist Harriet Earis has been getting ready for her concert this Saturday evening in the roundhouse at Butser. Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect!

This clip is from a poem in Old Welsh called Stafell Gynddylan (Cynddylan's Hall) supposedely composed by Cynddylan's sister Heledd after a battle around 654. She described how Cynddylan's hall is silent and dark without a candle, bed or fire. Some suggest this is the oldest recorded literary work by a woman in Northern Europe.

Tickets are available online at www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Thank you for all the votes to help choose an official name for our new kid! The votes have been counted from our Facebo...
28/06/2018

Thank you for all the votes to help choose an official name for our new kid!

The votes have been counted from our page and group and we are delighted to introduce...

Branwen!

Branwen was the Welsh Goddess of Love with the name means 'Blessed Raven'

Branwen is a lovely friendly kid who loves chin scratches and bananas! Come and say hello next time you visit us! 🐐

Learn something old. Includes an opportunity for an overnight stay on site.Ancient pit fired pottery with Sally Mareike,...
26/06/2018
Flint knapping and pottery workshops - Butser Ancient Farm

Learn something old.
Includes an opportunity for an overnight stay on site.
Ancient pit fired pottery with Sally Mareike, July 15 and July 28/29. £120 adults and £80 children (5-16 years old inclusive)
Make and fire pots using ancient techniques in this two-part experimental workshop.Sally will show you how to make your own pots using hand-building techniques. WE will then pit fire the pots overnight.

http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/flint-knapping-and-pottery-workshops/

Learn Something Old Ancient pit fired pottery with Sally Mareike, July 15 and July 28/29 £120 adults and £80 children (5-16 years old inclusive) Make and fire pots using ancient techniques in this two-part experimental workshop. Finding inspiration from archaeological evidence of pottery … Conti...

Happy summer solstice from us all at Butser. Its been a beautiful day at the farm to mark the longest day 🌞
21/06/2018

Happy summer solstice from us all at Butser. Its been a beautiful day at the farm to mark the longest day 🌞

We're excited to be involved in this school trip conference next Wednesday 27 June in Portsmouth - any local teachers wh...
20/06/2018

We're excited to be involved in this school trip conference next Wednesday 27 June in Portsmouth - any local teachers who would like to find out about local school trip opportunities do drop in between 11.30 - 2.30

Music, singing, language. Come and hear the voice of the past.Traditional songs, ancient language.Saturday 30 June, 10am...
19/06/2018

Music, singing, language. Come and hear the voice of the past.
Traditional songs, ancient language.

Saturday 30 June, 10am to 12.30, £20
Language of the Britons

Did you know that a form of Welsh was once spoken here in England? This workshop delves into the earliest recorded language of the Britons – Brittonic or Old Welsh – giving a unique chance to hear and study some exciting poetry from the 6th-9th centuries whilst sitting round the fire in our 8th century Anglo-Saxon hall.

Harriet Earis is a fluent Welsh speaker and has a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge. She will also be giving a harp concert in the Iron Age roundhouse later in the day

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

14/06/2018
Focus on Fibres basketmaking at Butser Ancient Farm

Coming up, Saturday 23 June and Sunday 24 June we are hosting what is sure to be a wonderful weekend of basketmaking with Mollie Butters.
Over this weekend we will explore, experiment and delve into utilising some of the wonderful range of local and commonly growing native and non-native plants. Discover the variety of ways in which different plants need to be gathered, stored, processed and prepared for weaving. £120 per person
To book:www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/489568

Tickets are now available for Focus on Fibres basketmaking at Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire on Sat 23 Jun 2018 at 10:00AM. Click the link for further information and to secure your tickets now!

Rome needs you!Do you have what it takes to become a member of the Butser IX Roman legion? Find out more about life as a...
12/06/2018

Rome needs you!

Do you have what it takes to become a member of the Butser IX Roman legion?

Find out more about life as a Roman and what joining the legion involves at their recruitment day this Saturday at Butser!

It's the day of the Fairy Festival at Butser!The fairy lights have been hung, the face paints are ready and our fairy qu...
10/06/2018

It's the day of the Fairy Festival at Butser!
The fairy lights have been hung, the face paints are ready and our fairy queen is waiting to greet you!

Butser is open again today!We'll have more wonderful storytelling to bring our Stone and Iron Age houses to life. Here's...
03/06/2018
Tales From Iron & Stone | Children's Story Teller Hampshire | Hampshire | DD Storyteller

Butser is open again today!

We'll have more wonderful storytelling to bring our Stone and Iron Age houses to life.

Here's a blog post written by storyteller Dawn Nelson after her performances last week.

http://www.ddstoryteller.co.uk/single-post/2018/05/29/Tales-From-Iron-Stone

A glorious sunny weekend greeted us for the pilots of my interactive stories, at Butser Ancient Farm. Surrounded by the beautiful south downs, the audience gath...

Join us this weekend for lots of fun on the farm! The Butser IX Roman legion will be with us along with an Iron Age fami...
25/05/2018

Join us this weekend for lots of fun on the farm! The Butser IX Roman legion will be with us along with an Iron Age family bringing the roundhouses to life.

We'll also have brand new storytelling on both Saturday and Sunday with DD Storyteller... hear about the Missing Manx Loughtan and the hunt for the Aurochs.

There'll be spinning and dyeing demonstrations on Saturday and the chance to say hello to our new pigs; Tiberius, Vespasian, Augustus, and Hadrian!

Don't miss out on a visit to the farm before we close for filming from Tuesday 29th May to Saturday 2nd June.

Thank you to everyone who voted to help with our pig naming! We've compiled the votes from our page, the Butser...
25/05/2018

Thank you to everyone who voted to help with our pig naming!

We've compiled the votes from our page, the Butser Facebook group and Twitter, and are delighted to reveal the four highest voted names below... drumroll please..!🥁

Tiberius: 74 votes
Hadrian: 56 votes
Vespasian: 53 votes
Augustus: 45 votes

Now the challenge will be telling them apart by their spots! 🐷

From the 29th May to the 2nd June the farm will be closed to the public due to an exciting filming project. We're sorry ...
21/05/2018

From the 29th May to the 2nd June the farm will be closed to the public due to an exciting filming project.

We're sorry not to be open between these dates, but do visit us over the coming bank holiday weekend (26th - 27th May) when the Romans and Celts will be joining us and we'll be previewing brand new interactive stories about ancient life with DD Storyteller. There'll also be lots of hands on activities for all the family.

Plus come and say hello our brand new pigs! 🐖🐖🐖🐖

Thanks for joining us this weekend Herigeas Hundas! brilliant pictures 😀
21/05/2018

Thanks for joining us this weekend Herigeas Hundas! brilliant pictures 😀

Amazing weekend at Butser Ancient Farm, once again thank you for having us there! The weather was gorgeous, and we got plenty of sewing in the sun done before a couple of really great training sessions. Thank you for everyone who came to see us!

Special thanks to our guests, Josh (the Norman) who joined us for the weekend in the saxon hall, and Rachel (the Celt) who joined us for Sunday's fighting demonstrations.

Welcome to our new members, and to those prospective members who turned up at various points over the weekend to spend some time with us. It's wonderful to see so many new faces, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that you will join us again in the near future!

Thank you also to volunteer Francis, who spent a very generous amount of time talking to our members about bone needles, and showing them how to craft them from slivers of bone. We all look forward to seeing how some of our embroidery turns out using them!

11/05/2018
Butser Ancient Farm

There's lots going on this weekend at Butser!

Mark the Celt will be with us tomorrow sharing Iron Age life, Hilary will be demonstrating felting and we'll have Saxons in the Saxon Hall with crafts, food and music...

Sit beside and open fire and be transported back in time... 😀🔥

We were treated to some beautiful singing and Lyre playing in the Saxon Hall this week... sitting beside the crackling fire it was definitely atmospheric! Here's a little clip to share some of the magic...
Thanks to Jon Wylie for sharing this music with us :)

Learn something old. Make a traditional hay rake. This is an endangered craft and you will become one of the few people ...
10/05/2018
Woodwork - Butser Ancient Farm

Learn something old. Make a traditional hay rake. This is an endangered craft and you will become one of the few people in the country able to make these. At the end of the two-day woodwork workshop you will come away with your own, South of England-style rake – a functional tool, the perfect companion for traditional scything and a beautiful object in its own right.
http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/woodwork/

Learn Something Old Woodwork Make a Traditional Hay Rake. Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 June. £125 Join treewright Darren Hammerton, who oversaw the building of Butser’s wonderful Chalton Saxon house, and make a traditional hay rake. At the end of … Continue reading →

It was back to (relatively!) normal on the farm today, welcoming lots of lovely school groups and visitors to explore th...
08/05/2018
Event List - Butser Ancient Farm

It was back to (relatively!) normal on the farm today, welcoming lots of lovely school groups and visitors to explore the site and setting to work with building projects and experiments.

Beltain feels like it could all have been a wonderful dream...!
If the post-Beltain blues have set in, fear not as we have loads more going on over the next few months...

How about our Fairy Festival on the 10th June, Weapons and Warriors Father's Day Special on the 17th June or Harp concert on the 30th June?

We've also got plenty of workshops and talks to keep you busy, do check our website for more details on everything coming up and we hope to see you soon.
http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/event-list/

EVENTS 2018 If you are interested in proposing a new event for the Butser calendar, please complete this form and return it to [email protected]. 2018 Upcoming Events Beltain: Burning of the Wickerman – Saturday 5 May Celebrate the beginning of … Continue reading →

Wow what a night! Thank you to everyone who joined us and shared in the creation of such a wonderful atmosphere! ☺️ ...
06/05/2018

Wow what a night! Thank you to everyone who joined us and shared in the creation of such a wonderful atmosphere! ☺️
More pictures to follow but for now here are some from the spectacular burn!
Till next year...!

We're experiencing high traffic to our website at the moment but if you'd like book Beltain tickets you can use this dir...
03/05/2018
Beltain: Burning of the Wickerman at Butser Ancient Farm

We're experiencing high traffic to our website at the moment but if you'd like book Beltain tickets you can use this direct link; https://bit.ly/2tlcElg
Pre-booking closes at midday tomorrow 🌞

Tickets are now available for Beltain: Burning of the Wickerman at Butser Ancient Farm, Waterlooville on Saturday 5 May 2018 at 4:30PM. Click the link for further information and to secure your tickets now!

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Chalton Lane
Petersfield
PO8 0BG

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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