Flag Fen Archaeology Park

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Prehistoric site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

Adults £6.00
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.

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Additional info

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.

Collection details

Archaeology

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.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Dyed wool drying on the roundhouse hurdle

Celtic Dyeing workshop

  • 20 May 2018 10am-4pm

Discover how plants can be used to make a rainbow of colours in our reconstructed Bronze Age Roundhouse!

After an introduction to natural dyes and their history, you can make a spectrum of colours to dye linen and spun British wool as they would have done to make clothes 2,000 years ago. Learn how to make a dye bath and use mordants. Includes an authentic 1st century AD lunch cooked over the roundhouse fire (vegetarian option available).

Booking is essential for all our workshops. To book, please visit vivacity.org or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60 per person

Website

https://vivacity.org/whatson/heritage/historical-skills-workshops/celtic-dyeing/

a set of pots made from flax using needle hitching techniques

Needle hitching workshop

  • 9 June 2018 10am-1pm

Dating back over 7,000 years, needle hitching is a technique of tying half hitch knots. This can be used to make fabric items such as socks, hats, bowls and mats. In this workshop, you will make a small pot from the ancient fibre flax cord, using a needle made from antler. This needle is yours to take home to put your new skills into use!

Suitable for over 16s only.

Booking is essential for all our workshops. All bookings for this event are taken through Peterborough Museum. To book, please visit our website or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email flag.fen@vivacity-peterborough.com

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£25 per person

Website

https://vivacity.org/whatson/heritage/historical-skills-workshops/needle-hitching-workshop/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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.

Creator

  • Michael Webber - Learning Officer

Flag Fen Archaeology Park
Flag Fen
The Droveway
Northey Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7QJ
England

Website

www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/flag-fen/

E-mail

All Enquiries

flag.fen@vivacity-peterborough.co.uk

Education

museum.education@vivacity-peterborough.com

Telephone

All Enquiries

01733 864468

Reception

Education

Fundraising and Membership

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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