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.
Must Farm

Must Farm platform: a post-excavation update

  • 6 March 2017 7:30-9pm

Excavations at ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ finished in September 2016, and post-excavation analysis is now underway. Preserved in a catastrophic fire 3,000 years ago, this extraordinary site within the Flag Fen basin is already changing our view of the Bronze Age. Hear the latest about its unprecedented finds from the team working to reveal their secrets.

Booking is strongly recommended. Tickets are available from Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663.

Admission

Adults £5, Concessions £4

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/

Stone carving

Stone Carving

  • 11 March 2017 10am-4pm

An ancient decorative craft, stone carving dates back as far as prehistory. In this workshop, expert carver Alan Micklethwaite will introduce you to the basic techniques, tools and principles of stone carving, to create a relief motif in limestone. By the end of the workshop, you will take home your own unique carved stone.

Former Head Carver at Lincoln Cathedral, Alan Michlethwaite has more than 20 years’ experience as a stone carver.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£70

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/arts-and-heritage/spring-workshops-2017/stone-carving/

Apethorpe Hall

Apethorpe Hall: Investigation and Repair

  • 13 March 2017 7:30-9pm

Following the compulsory purchase of Apethorpe Hall (or Palace as it is now known) in 2004 and its allocation to English Heritage a team of archaeologists, architectural historians and historians was assembled to investigate its history and architectural development whilst it was undergoing phased repair. This gave the team a unique opportunity to study the surviving fabric in detail and to combine this with documentary research into the building's history and also that of its various owners. This talk will illustrate some of the discoveries made and give a brief outline of the methods employed and the conclusions reached about the history of this fascinating country house which retains significant architectural fabric from the late 15th century onwards. A member of the team assembled by English Heritage, Peter Smith was involved in the historical investigation of Apethorpe. Join us to hear his first-hand account.

Booking is strongly recommended. Tickets are available from Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663.

Admission

Adults £5, Concessions £4

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/

Wetland Watercolour

Wetland Watercolours

  • 19 March 2017 10am-1pm

Learn techniques and tricks of wash and brushstrokes from Art Branches director. Take home your own watercolour, inspired by the Flag Fen’s stormy skies and wetland landscapes. All professional artist's material provided. Suitable for beginners and intermediate levels.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/arts-and-heritage/spring-workshops-2017/wetland-watercolours/

Medieval Cooking

Medieval Cooking

  • 25 March 2017 10am-1pm

Come and help create a medieval banquet. Prepare and cook a dish or two and then share the fruits of your labour with the other participants. Experienced historic cooks Stuart Orme and Chris Carr will guide you through the preparation. presentation and consumption of a range of dishes from the 14th-15th centuries, together with advice on table manners and dining etiquette. At the end of the day you will have a portfolio of recipes to take away with you.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35.00

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/arts-and-heritage/spring-workshops-2017/medieval-cooking/

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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