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.
Basket Weaving Workshop
- 8 October 2016 9:30am-4:30pm
Spend the day making a woven trug from willow, perfect for carrying fresh produce from the garden or displaying in the house. Basket weaving dates back thousands of years, with tools and methods remaining remarkably similar. Learn these traditional techniques from expert local tutor Sue Kirk, who has 15 years basketry experience using Somerset and locally grown willow.
£70 per person. Booking is essential, please call 01733864663.
Roman & Medieval Herbs
- 15 October 2016 10am-4pm
Discover how our ancestors used herbs and spices for healing and in the home - including some outlandish treatments used in bygone times. Have a go at making ointments for the skin, shampoo, insect repellent bags and more to take away with you. Plus enjoy an authentic Roman lunch!
Chris Carr is a living historian with a wealth of knowledge about everyday life in Roman and Medieval times. She will guide you through making your own remedies, as well as which plants to avoid.
£50 per person. Booking is essential, please call 01733864663.
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
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