Calendar of Events

This page "normally" gives details of the events that Ancient Wessex Members are planning.

We are still awaiting news about most of our usual annual events 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 info@ancientwessex.net

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!

July - Corfe Castle - Archaeology Festival

July - Salisbury Museum - Archaeology Festival


Ancient Wessex Diary - 2021 Events

24th - 25th July - Salisbury Museum - Archaeology Festival

https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/events/salisbury-museum-festival-archaeology-2021

28th/29th August - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Oak Fair - Demos & Sales

http://stockgaylard.com/the-oak-fair.asp

25th & 26th September - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day - Demos & Sales

https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events

Ancient Wessex Diary - 2019 Events

23th/24th March – Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistory Weekend – Demos & Sales

https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/ancient-weekends

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/377653653050394/

4th May – Saturday - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Beltane Festival, Wicker Man Burning – Demos & Sales

www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/event-list/

11th May – Saturday - Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington – Launch of Open For Art - Bill Demos & Sales

https://www.openforart.co.uk/2018/11/open-for-art-2019-launch-event/

18th/19th May - Burton Bradstock, National Trust Spring Tide Festival - Demos & Sales AWN Appearance TBC

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/burton-bradstock/features/spring-tide-food-festival-at-hive-beach

18th May- 2nd June – Open For Art – Open Studios – Bill Crumbleholme display of work with the Upwey Potters

https://sites.google.com/site/upweypotters/events/annual-exhibition

25th May - DorsetCentre for the Creative Arts - Bronze Casting Masterclass with Mark Vyvyan Penney

https://www.facebook.com/events/1218340241676550/

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

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/b7ac28d5-b652-49f6-824a-ba39a99f4b10/pages/details

13th-28th July Festival of Archaeology www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk

13th/14th July - Salisbury Museum - Archaeology Festival

https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/events/festival-archaeology-2019

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

https://www.dorsetartsandcrafts.org/

19th-22nd August - Stone Age Camp - Neolithic pottery workshops at Out of Eden, Llanidloes, Wales

https://sites.google.com/site/ancientwessexnetwork/in-the-news/awngoingtostoneagecampatoutofeden

24th/25th August - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Oak Fair - Demos & Sales

http://stockgaylard.com/the-oak-fair.asp

7th September - Test Valley, Hampshire, Zionshill Copse Community Woodfair - Demos & Sales

14th/15th September - Oxford – Detectival - Metal Detecting Event - Demos & Sales

https://www.facebook.com/events/near-burford-oxfordshire-cotswolds/detectival-2019/520792095052563/

29th September Sunday - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day - Demos & Sales

https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events

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)