Calendar of Events

This page gives details of the events that Ancient Wessex Members are planning in 2024. Watch this space for updates - and follow us on Facebook

Set out at the bottom are the events that were attended in 2023, 2022, 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.

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 -  2024 - Events Subject to Confirmation!

There may be other events added when sorted out, including workshops.

March 30th & 31st - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistory Days - Demos & Sales
https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events

May 4th Saturday - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Beltane Festival, Wicker Man Burning – Demos & Sales
www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-celtic-fire-festival 

June 8th & 9th  Green Scythe Fair - Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Somerset,    www.greenfair.org.uk 
Saturday Workshops - see booking webpage. Sunday general public admission 

July 13th to 28th - British Council for Archaeology - Festival of archaeology - national events - https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/

July  27th & 28th - Salisbury Museum - Festival of Archaeology - demos and displays - https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/festival-of-archaeology-2024/
July TBC - Hengefest - Maumbury Rings, Dorchester - Demonstrations and displays. 

July 27th & 28th - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Dark Ages - Demos & Sales
https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events
August (TBC) - Wareham Saxon Festival - AWN tells the stories of times before the "Dark Ages"! 

August 24th/25th - Oak Fair - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Demos & Sales http://stockgaylard.com/the-oak-fair.asp  https://www.facebook.com/oakfair1/

September 21st & 22nd  - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day - Demos & Sales
https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events

Ancient Wessex Diary -  2023

March 25th & 26th - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistory Days - Demos & Sales
https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events

April 22nd & 23rd - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Workshops - Pottery (Saturday) and Wood Carving  (Sunday) Booking Required via website:-

https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/whats-on

April  29th Saturday - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Beltane Festival, Wicker Man Burning – Demos & Sales 

www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-celtic-fire-festival 

May 13th & 14th - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistoric Pottery workshops with Bill Crumbleholme and Wood Carving with Mark Vyvyan-Penney  see booking webpage

June 10th & 11th  Green Scythe Fair - Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Somerset,    www.greenfair.org.uk 
Saturday Workshops - see booking webpage. Sunday general public admission 

July 15th to 30th - British Council for Archaeology - Festival of archaeology - national events - https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/

July 22nd - 30th - Corfe Castle - Festival of Archaeology -  Have a go sessions and talks, demonstrations etc (no need to book sessions, but usual National Trust entrance fees are payable.)

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/corfe-castle/events/97203d96-0ec8-41e1-9977-5ef85de61d7b

https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustArchaeology/videos/1017748999587678 This video features AWN during the 2022 event at Corfe.

July 22nd & 23rd - Salisbury Museum - Festival of Archaeology - Bill & Wife Diane Crumbleholme - Pottery & textile demos and displays http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/     https://www.archaeologyuk.org/festival/festival-event-listing/festival-of-archaeology-2.html

July 30th - Hengefest - Maumbury Rings, Dorchester - Demonstrations and displays.
https://discoverdorchester.co.uk/home-of-hillforts-and-henges-2023/

August (TBC) - Wareham Saxon Festival - AWN tells the stories of times before the "Dark Ages"! Apparently NOT happening this year?

August 26th/27th - Stock Gaylard, Dorset - Oak Fair - Demos & Sales http://stockgaylard.com/the-oak-fair.asp

September 23rd & 24th  - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Apple Day - Demos & Sales

https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events

October 7th & 8th - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistoric Pottery workshops with Bill Crumbleholme and Viking and Celtic Wood Carving with Mark Vyvyan-Penney  see booking webpage

October 14th & 15th - Butser Farm, Hampshire - Workshops - Pottery (only Saturday) and Wood Carving  (Saturday - but Sunday is sold out) Booking Required via website link below:-

https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/whats-on

Ancient Wessex Diary -  2022

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

https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/workshop-calendar/2022/june/19/woodcarving

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

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/badbury-rings

July 16th & 17th - Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistoric Pottery workshops with Bill & Diane Crumbleholme 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beakerfolk-pottery-workshop-at-ancient-technology-centre-tickets-339769298117

July 23rd - 31st - Corfe Castle - Festival of Archaeology - "Corfe Before The Castle" - Have a go sessions and talks, demonstrations etc 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/13589b01-ea94-4f5a-9adb-d5d491a49f41/pages/details

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

https://ancienttechnologycentre.com/public-events

Ancient Wessex Diary -  2021 Events

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

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

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

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

24th & 25th 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)