Calendar of Events

This page gives details of the events that Ancient Wessex Members are planning for 2018.
Set out at the bottom are the events that were attended in 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

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 this page.

Ancient Wessex Diary -  2018 Events

The list is still being compiled as the events are confirmed (or negotiations break down!).
It was correct at "going to press" but may be subject to change, so check before going.

24th/25th March – Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne - Prehistory Weekend

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

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

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. 

1st & 2nd April Ancient Technology Centre "Prehistory Weekend" -

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

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.
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)