School Trips @ Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm offers activities relevant to the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Celts, all located among our reconstructed ancient buildings, so you can truly feel like you’re stepping back in time.
We take pride in tailoring our activities to suit the individual needs of each group that visits us. We are able to accommodate and target our activities to cover stages of the National Curriculum from KS1 - KS4 and tie in with various subject areas including history, art, design and technology, science and maths.
Current School Trip Offer
New to the Neolithic? Getting ready for the Romans? Or the Celts, Iron Age, Bronze Age, Saxons or Vikings? Come and brush up your ancient history at Butser Ancient Farm.
This autmn we’re offering teachers a chance to visit Butser Ancient Farm and help prepare for your classes. We’ll give you an introduction to the subject and a chance to visit our amazing authentic ancient farm with buildings (based on archaeological evidence) from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon eras.
The talk and tour will take one hour and then you are free to visit the rest of the farm. Normal entry fees apply (£9 adults) but please book a place in advance. These talks are just for teachers but you are welcome to bring your family with you and they can visit the farm while you enjoy the tour.
You will be led by an experienced member of Butser Ancient Farm’s education team, who will be happy to answer your questions at the end of the tour.
The first day is Tuesday 29 October, 10am for Stone Age, Iron Age and Celts.
The second day is Thursday 31 October, 10am for Romans, Saxons and Vikings.
Booking is free, normal entry applies.
Why are Butser Ancient Farm great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
From the moment you arrive the experienced Butser Ancient Farm education team organise the smooth running of the day for all school visitors. All trips begin with an introductory talk and discussion around a real fire in one of the ancient houses. Our school visitors then move through their planned activities, all conducted in one of our buildings or in a superb open-air setting. The Butser education team provide hands-on instruction for each activity as well as a discussion of archaeological evidence, historical detail and fascinating anecdotes to reinforce learning... and fun! There is ample time for discussion with students and staff and each activity stimulates a lively, fun discourse in which everybody is encouraged to participate.
At the end of a Butser day our visiting schools leave a little dirtier, highly stimulated, much more knowledgeable about and engaged with their subject, and on time.
We have a Stone Age area and an Iron Age village at Butser Ancient Farm. All our structures are based on evidence from archaeological excavations, our Stone Age buildings are based on evidence from Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge and from North Wales. We know from this evidence that houses were square or rectangular. Our Iron Age Round houses are based on evidence from a variety of sites in Wales, Somerset and Wessex.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
From the Stone Age to Iron Age Butser Ancient Farm offers a choice of activities to teach children about life in the past. Our reconstructed buildings from the Stone Age and Iron Age give children an authentic experience of life in the past with Stone Age houses and Iron Age roundhouses.
What activities are available during group visits?
Students visiting the farm for a whole day will take part in at least 4 hands-on activities chosen in advance from an extensive list. Activities are led by experienced Butser education staff and are designed to be specially relevant to the period studies. Our activities include Pottery, Wattle Fence Making, Jewellery, Clunching, Spinning, Cordage, Flint Wall Building, Chalk Carving and Archaeology.
What size groups do you cater for?
Minimum price is for 20 children, however we welcome smaller groups at this price. Maximum is 300 children.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Our houses are our classrooms and visitors will have a chance to sit around a real fire and learn about life in Britain while they experience these authentic buildings.
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Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
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