Flag Fen Archaeology Park

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

Website

www.flagfen.org

E-mail

General Enquiries

info@flagfen.org

Education

learning@flagfen.org

Telephone

Recorded information

01733 313414

Reception

Education

Fundraising and Membership

Fax

01733 349957

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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Flag Fen is the site of a 3500 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 houses and landscape with our family activity packs or 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

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 £5.00
OAP's £4.50
Children £3.75
Students £3.75 (with Student card)
Family £13.75 (two adults & up to 3 children)
School groups Children £5.00
Special charges apply for events - check website or phone.

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.
Clay pottery activity.

Time Travellers Workshop!

  • 31 March — 2 April 2015 *on now
  • 7 — 9 April 2015

Join us for a workshop with a difference this Easter as we travel back in time! Try your hand at making pottery like the Romans, jewellery like the Saxons, and stained glass like Medieval people – and discover how we know how these ancient wonders were made!
Pre-booking is essential, please call (01733) 864663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£5.00 per child - accompanying adult free!

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/time-travellers

Exterior Roundhouse.

1000 BC

  • 4 — 6 April 2015

Back to the Bronze Age, as a group of living historians will be on site over the weekend, cooking, working and
living as our ancient ancestors did over 3,000 years ago. Try your hand at various traditional skills with
demonstrations and have-a-go sessions over the weekend and dig for ancient artefacts in our replica
archaeological dig. Also, find out about life on the other side of Europe in this period by meeting an Ancient
Greek warrior!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£7.00 Adults
£5.00 Children
£18.00 Families

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/1-000bc

Knight display to a group of people, inside the tower.

The Tower at War

  • 11 — 12 April 2015 10am-4pm

It’s 1485 and Sir Robert Whittlebury is preparing to fight for King Richard III…

Meet soldiers, handle weapons, see the ‘arming of the knight’ daily at 11am and 3pm. Find out about delicious food and gruesome cures, but be prepared to join the troops as you are enlisted in family military drill sessions!

This is a great way to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the 1400s!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£4.00 Adults
£3.00 Children
£10.00 Families

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/the-tower-at-war

Civil War Re-enactors

Civil War!

  • 2 — 4 May 2015

Travel back in time 350 years to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the English Civil War. Meet some of Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers, watch an exciting skirmish and take part in have-a-go family drill sessions. Visit the soldier’s camp to find out more about life in the 17th century and the Civil War in Peterborough.

All this, plus family activities, site tours and our hands-on family dig will also be open throughout the weekend.

Event organised in association with Pickering’s Regiment of the Sealed Knot.

The event will be open 10am – 5pm daily (last admission 4pm), with hourly shows and activities from 10.30am.

For more details call (01733) 864468 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com. Special event admission prices apply.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

£7.00 Adults
£5.00 Children
£18.00 Families.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/civil-war

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
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