Calendar of Events
This page gives details of the events that Ancient Wessex Members are planning.
We are still awaiting news about some of our usual annual events later in 2022. Watch this space - or follow us on Facebook
Set out at the bottom are the events that were attended in 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016.
Members don't all turn up to every event, but there will be a variety of demonstrations and displays. Some of the events are workshops that must be booked, usually through the main organisers.
Please follow the links to find out more about the events at their websites.
If you want to check or clarify please contact the network at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ancient Wessex Facebook Page also lists events and gives some more details and feedback, often with images, we encourage our fans and followers to look at that and post their comments. But you don't have to have a Facebook account to just look at that.
Ancient Wessex Diary - 2022 - Events All Subject to Confirmation!
April 30th Saturday - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Beltane Festival, Wicker Man Burning – Demos & Sales www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/whats-on
June 11th & 12th Green Scythe Fair - Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Somerset, www.greenfair.org.uk
June 18th - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Ancient Pottery workshop with AWN's Bill Crumbleholme. Tickets sold out https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/workshop-calendar/2022/june/18/prehistoric-pottery
June 19th - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Wood Carving workshop with AWN's Mark Vyvyan-Penney . Tickets sold out
July 16th to 31st - British Council for Archaeology - Festival of archaeology - national events - https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/
July 16th & 17th - Badbury Rings, National Trust Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset - Demonstrations etc
July 16th & 17th - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistoric Pottery workshops with Bill & Diane Crumbleholme
July 23rd - 31st - Corfe Castle - Festival of Archaeology - "Corfe Before The Castle" - Have a go sessions and talks, demonstrations etc
July 23rd & 24th - Salisbury Museum - Festival of Archaeology - Bill & Diane Crumbleholme pottery & textile demonstrations, displays, have a go at creating a prehistoric pottery decoration & help weaving - http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/
27th/28th August - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Oak Fair - Demos & Sales http://stockgaylard.com/the-oak-fair.asp
18th September - Roman Town House, Dorchester - Heritage Days - Demonstrations and displays
24th & 25th September (??) - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day - Demos & Sales
September - other events to be confirmed....
Ancient Wessex Diary - 2021 Events
24th - 25th July - Salisbury Museum - Archaeology Festival
13th & 14th August - Wareham Saxon Festival - AWN tells the stories of times before the "Dark Ages"!
28th/29th August - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Oak Fair - Demos & Sales
24th & 25th September - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day - Demos & Sales
Ancient Wessex Diary - 2019 Events
23th/24th March – Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistory Weekend – Demos & Sales
This is a link to Bill's report about his experimental firing at this event. http://www.crumbleholme.plus.com/Beakerfolk/beakerfolk-atc-bbw.htm
6th April – Saturday – Bill's Woden Wood Kiln Firing - How Bill's functional pots are fired
4th May – Saturday - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Beltane Festival, Wicker Man Burning – Demos & Sales
11th May – Saturday - Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington – Launch of Open For Art - Bill Demos & Sales
18th/19th May - Burton Bradstock, National Trust Spring Tide Festival - Demos & Sales AWN Appearance TBC
18th May- 2nd June – Open For Art – Open Studios – Bill Crumbleholme display of work with the Upwey Potters
25th May - DorsetCentre for the Creative Arts - Bronze Casting Masterclass with Mark Vyvyan Penney
8th June – Saturday – Salisbury Museum – Mark tin casting workshop with young curators.
8th & 9th June – Sunday - Green Scythe Fair www.greenfair.org.uk
22nd/23rd June – Valence House Museum Prehistory Festival, Dagenham http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/
6th/7th and 13th/14th July - Corfe Castle – Demos and sales
13th-28th July Festival of Archaeology www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk
13th/14th July - Salisbury Museum - Archaeology Festival
27th/28th July - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Dark Ages Weekend https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events
2nd -6th August – Friday-Tuesday - Dorset Arts & Crafts Association, Wareham – Mark Demos & Sales
19th-22nd August - Stone Age Camp - Neolithic pottery workshops at Out of Eden, Llanidloes, Wales
24th/25th August - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Oak Fair - Demos & Sales
7th September - Test Valley, Hampshire, Zionshill Copse Community Woodfair - Demos & Sales
14th/15th September - Oxford – Detectival - Metal Detecting Event - Demos & Sales
29th September Sunday - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day - Demos & Sales
Ancient Wessex Diary - 2018 Events
24th/25th March – Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistory Weekend https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events
5th May - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Beltane Festival, Wicker Man Burning
19th/20th May - Burton Bradstock, National Trust - Spring Tide Festival TBC
15th July - Thomas Hardy Festival - Kingston Maurward College
21st/22nd July - Salisbury Museum - PLEASE NOTE We are not attending this event as demonstrators, the focus is mainly on WW1, so we are too old! Archaeology Festival
28th/29th July - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Dark Ages Weekend https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events
25th/26th August - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Oak Fair
1st September - Test Valley, Hampshire, Zionshill Copse Community Woodfair
8th September – Avebury, Wiltshire - Avebury Day
15th/16th September - Oxford - Detectival
23rd September Sunday - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events
To be negotiated :-
Brownsea Island, the National Trust have enquired about AWN doing their thing on the island in Poole Harbour. Maybe a project about Iron Age/Roman Black Burnished Ware pottery production methods ? This is being mooted for a further date!
Ancient Wessex Diary - 2017 Events
24th February - Bronze Casting Workshop at Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Poundbury
3rd March - Dorset County Museum 7.00pm for 7.30pm - Presentation by Dr. Kate Verkooijen (one of AWN's founders) - Tears of the Sun: Bronze Age Amber Spacer Beads - Tracking the connections between Wessex, Mycenae and Central Europe. http://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/events?item=742
1st & 2nd April Ancient Technology Centre "Prehistory Weekend" - http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/public-events.html
8th April - Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne - Raku pottery workshops 10am-4pm Bill and Jennie. link.
29th April Butser Farm (Saturday) Beltane Festival [demos and sales] (opens to public 4:30pm includes Wicker Man burning!)
22nd – 28th May, Bronzezeithof Uelsen, Germany .Mark and Will attended. "A new historical bronze casting event, to be held yearly. A festival for bronze casters to meet, exchange knowledge, work together on castings and experiments, discuss methods and also just have a good time together. The festival is organized by the Bronzezeithof"
22nd & 23rd July - Salisbury Museum festival of Archaeology
August - Wiltshire Family Pottery workshop - See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-pottery-experience-tickets-36542154568
26th & 27th August Oak Fair Stock Gaylard
2nd September Test Valley Woodfair
16th - 17th September Oxford Metal Detecting event
24th September St Catherines Hill, Christchurch History Day
Ancient Wessex Diary - 2016 Events
19th -20th March Ancient Technology Centre Prehistoric Weekend
20th March Walford Mill -Taster day.Beaker Pottery (Bill), Metal casting (Mark), Viking Jewellery (Will) 10am-4pm
9th April – Salisbury Museum – Bill Potting with youthful archaeologists.
23rd April Walford Mill - Metalcasting Day 10am to 4pm (Mark and helper)
25th to 29th April - Salisbury Museum - Mark & Bill Living History workshops for schools
30th April Butser Farm (Saturday) Beltane Festival (opens to public 4:30pm includes Wicker Man burning!) (Bank Holiday weekend)
21st -22nd May, Burton Bradstock, Spring Tide Hive Beach
19th June Evershot Fair
25th & 26th June - Walford Mill Craft Centre - Artsreach workshops
9th and Sun 10th July - Martinstown Artsreach - History Village
16th -17th July 2016 – Wimborne History Festival
23th & 24th July - Salisbury Museum festival. http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1674
30th July - Avalon Marshes
13th - 21th August – Bronze Forum, Oerlinghausen, Germany
27th & 28th August Oak Fair Stock Gaylard
3rd September Test Valley Woodfair
10th September - Avebury Festival
16th - 18th September Oxford Metal Detecting event in the Heart of the Cotswolds
9th October Walford Mill - Raku pottery day 10am-4pm Bill
5th November Walford Mill - Woodcarving day 10am-4pm (Mark)