Festival of Archaeology 2016 in Dorset: Family Days Out

The Festival of Archaeology will kick off the summer holidays from 16-31 July 2016. Events in Dorset range from excavation open days, behind-the-scenes tours and workshops, to guided walks, talks and finds identifications, family fun days, and more.

Below is the pick of the family events in Dorset:

Kicking us off on Saturday 16th July is Iron Age antics at Bearwood Primary School near Poole. Along with Poole Museum, the school has recently build an Iron Age roundhouse in its grounds. On the day there will be “demonstrations of Iron Age cooking and textiles. Children can take part in making some Iron Age style pots and even have a go at daubing the house.” This free event will run from 11am to 3pm.

Bearwood Roundhouse


The following weekend, Saturday 23rd July, the fantastic Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne is running Earth Detectives where there will be “archaeology activities, arts and crafts for all the family. Besides the event activities, the museum itself is worth a visit! Entry is £2.50 per person and runs from 10am to 4.30pm.


The same weekend, 23rd and 24th July, Dorset County Museum in Dorchester witnesses a Viking Invasion! with activities including hand to hand combat, visit craftspeople to find out how chain mail and fishing nets were made, watch Norse cooking demonstrations, mint a Viking coin and listen to exciting Viking sagas full of adventure.” Standard museum entry fees apply and the event runs from 11am to 4pm on both days.



A week later, Saturday 30th July, Dorset County Museum is running a Family Archaeology Day with “activities throughout the day suitable for younger visitors. Hands on activities and trails, and meet some archaeologists! Find out about bones and how archaeologists use new technology. Displays and mini-talks for the family.” Standard museum entry fees apply and the event runs from 11am to 4pm.


Dorset County Museum

For more Festival of Archaeology details and events, visit: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/whatson



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