Flag Fen Archaeology Park
Flag Fen is the site of a 3,500 year old ritual causeway and ceremonial platform. Made from wood it contains 60,000 upright timbers and has yielded one of the best collections of Bronze Age Celtic swords, jewellery and tools in the country.
A visit to the 20 acre site of Flag Fen is an exploration of history and nature, with reconstructive archaeology and recreated habitats for rare plants such as Fen Ragwort.
Explore our reconstructed Bronze Age roundhouse and landscape with free volunteer-led guided tours.
Marvel at the oldest wheel in England, the earliest Celtic art and the bronze swords and tools of our ancestors
Experiment with have-a-go activities from ancient times.
Experience the tranquility and diversity of the park with a lakeside walk and an abundance of wildlife including over 50 species of birds and dragonflies.
Museum, Prehistoric site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Archaeological site
10.00am to 5.00pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays ONLY
except for schools and group bookings
(Last admissions are at 16.00)
March to October Inclusive
Closed November to February inclusive except for advertised events
Children, Students & Seniors £4.00
Families £16.00 (two adults & up to 3 children)
Special charges apply for events - check website or phone for details.
- English Heritage
Visitors are welcome to take photographs.
The site is mostly outdoor and covers 28 acres.
As we have livestock on-site dogs (except care and guide dogs) cannot be admitted to the site.
The Museum of the Bronze Age at Flag Fen contains artefacts found on site, including the oldest wheel in England on permanent display. The museum also includes an assortment of finds from the latest excavations at Flag Fen and in the Flag fEn Basin (surrounding area).
The Preservation Hall at Flag Fen is the only site where you can see Bronze Age timbers as excavated, in Europe. Most of the wood dates roughly to the period 1350-950 BC, and has been left in its original position. These timbers are part of the post alignment that runs between Fengate and Northey Island. The entire width of the post alignment is excavated here, but the exhibit reveals only 10 metres of its kilometer stretch; that's only one percent of the total, showing the massive scope of the Bronze Age construction at Flag Fen.
The "Seahenge Stump": The Hudson Barn was generously donated to Flag Fen by the Hudson Foundation of Wisbeck. In 1999 the timbers from the recently discovered timber circle (known as "Seahenge") at Holme-next-the-Sea, were cleaned and studied there. The timbers are currently undergoing preservation work at the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth.
Key artists and exhibits
- Iron Age roundhouse
- Bronze Age roundhouse
- Bronze Age timbers
- The Seahenge timbers
- Roman Herb garden
- Soay Sheep
- Waterfowl including Swans, Graylag Geese, White Geese, Mallards, Aylesbury and Muscovy Ducks
- The 28 acre park hosts a huge diversity of wildlife including dragonflies, butterflies, wildflowers and native hedging and trees.
- 29 — 30 July 2017 10am-5pm
As part of The Festival of Archaeology, get hands on with the past and try your hand at being an awesome archaeologist for the day!
Travel back in time in our Bronze Age roundhouse and try traditional dyeing around the fire, uncover artefacts thousands of years old in The Big Dig Tent’s excavation pits, and have a go with our replica Bronze Age tools. Plus there’ll be fun crafts and trails for the whole family to enjoy.
There’s no need to book for this event, just drop in! For more information call Peterborough Museum 01733 864663
- Any age
£5 children, £8 adults, £20 families
Archaeology Adventurers Club
- 7 — 11 August 2017
- 14 — 18 August 2017
Vivacity are excited to present our fantastic new activity club at Flag Fen this summer.
For kids aged 8 – 12, it’s a great opportunity to get involved in fun activities, make new friends and try something new.
An action-packed activity schedule will be available soon.
Your budding archaeologist will be able to get hands-on in the Big Dig Tent, handle artefacts, explore the Bronze Age landscape and wildlife, try new crafts and lots more!
All bookings for this event are taken through Peterborough Museum. To book, please see https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/archaeology-adventurers-club/ or call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663.
Detailed information for parents/carers will be sent on booking. However, if you have any specific questions, please contact us via email@example.com and we'll be happy to help.
- Especially for children
£22 per child per day, or £90 per week. Sibling discounts available.
Peter Pan at Flag Fen
- 24 August 2017 From 6:30pm
Chapterhouse Theatre Company are delighted to present an all new production of Peter Pan directed by Philip Stevens. Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventures with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland. There they encounter the enchanting mermaids, magical fairies and the cruellest pirate of them all, Captain Hook.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, J.M.Barrie’s timeless classic is brought to life in a brand new adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs. Join Peter and his friends for what promises to be the most magical evening of the summer.
This magical performance will take place outside at Flag Fen and will endeavour to go ahead, weather permitting.
Please bring your own rug or portable seating - all seating is unreserved.
Adapted by Laura Turner.
Presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
£15 Full Price, £10 Child, £44 Family Ticket
Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre
The Schools programme is tailored to the class visiting. At approximatley four hours the visit can cover a number of skill areas ranging from storytelling, to pot making to artefact handling sessions and mock digs.
Groups of up to 60 can be acocmmodated.
In addition workshops for families and adults are held covering diverse subjects such as herbology, basket making, bronze sword casting, bog oak carving, weaving, pyrography and many more. Call or visit the website for more details.
- Michael Webber - Learning Officer
Flag Fen Archaeology Park
Fundraising and Membership