West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

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West Stow is the site of an Anglo-Saxon settlement occupied 420 – 650AD. Today there is a unique reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village built on the original settlement site, giving visitors the opportunity to touch and experience Anglo-Saxon houses as we imagine them to have been. Visitors can also see the archaeological finds from the site on display in a specially built Anglo-Saxon Centre. Schools and other groups are welcome provided they are booked in advance.

Venue Type:

Archaeological site, Prehistoric site

See also

Opening hours

Daily, 10am to 5pm
(last admission 4pm, 3.30pm in winter)

Admission charges

West Stow
Adults £5
Concessions* £3
Children (5-16) £3
Family Day Ticket £15

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

The Anglo-Saxon Village is set within a large Country Park with picnic areas, adventure playground, nature trails, lake, river, bird hides and free parking.

The Anglo-Saxon Centre contains an extensive collection of early Anglo-Saxon finds from West Stow settlement and cemetery, along with finds from more recently excavated local cemeteries of the same period. A dispaly of 5-7th Century fashion forms the centre piece of the museum. Grave goods, pottery, bone combs, tools and weaponry also feature.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Early Anglo-Saxon archaeology.
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.
Warrior Soldiers WWI WWII

British Warriors Through Time

  • 30 — 31 August 2015 10am-5pm *on now

An exciting weekend of living history in and around the Anglo-Saxon Village… Meet some of the warriors of Britain from the Stone Age to WW2.
With displays, have-a-go activities and much more!

For 1000s of years these British shores and lands have been protected by the warrior class; from Celts, Saxons, and the armies of medieval kings, to Nelsons fleet and the soldiers of WW1 and WW2.

West Stow brings history alive with a chance to meet warriors from various time periods, see their armour and weapons, displays of combat and discover about the civilians and families that helped support these soldiers.

You can also explore the museum (free entry with a British Warriors Through Time ticket) and see items including the stunning Bronze Age Isleham Horde, weapons from the early Anglo-Saxon cemetery and civil war helmets!

• Meet warriors through the ages including Saxons, Civil War, WW1 & WW2.
• Displays of weapons and combat equipment
• Firing range display (with weapons through the ages)
• Face painting- from camouflage to Braveheart!
• Ormsgard present battle techniques from the dark ages
• Weapons handling sessions
• Shield making
• Have-a-go archery
... and much, much more!

Refreshments are available on site throughout the day

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £9 / Child £6 / Family £25 (max. 5 people; min. 1 adult, 1 child) / Under 5s Free

Website

https://www.weststow.org/whats-on/event/1300/british-warriors-through-time

Bushcraft

Into the Wild - Bushcraft

  • 24 October 2015 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-5pm

Half day family Bushcraft taster sessions at West Stow!
Come ‘into the wild’ of the West Stow Country Park and join John in the Bushcraft base camp.

Find out more about shelter-building, fire-lighting, tracking, spoon carving, water and wild food!

- This is an outdoor event, so please wear suitable clothing
- This event is suitable for ages 5+. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult
- Please meet at the West Stow Visitor Centre 10 minutes before your session time

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets: £8. Booking essential

Website

https://www.weststow.org/whats-on/event/1306/into-the-wild-bushcraft

Anglo-Saxon Saxon Family

As Winter Approaches - West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

  • 24 — 27 October 2015

As Winter approaches, see Anglo-Saxon families prepare for the dark months ahead.
With cooking, weaving and story-telling from Ynglingas + the chance to have-a-go at exciting crafts and games in the Village.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Times: 10am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm), Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 27 October
Venue: West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Tickets: Adults £5 / Children & Concessions £3 / Under 5s Free / Family Ticket* £15
(*Family Ticket applies to a maximum of 5 people, including at least 1 adult and 1 child)

Website

https://www.weststow.org/whats-on/event/1301/as-winter-approaches

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Icklingham Road
West Stow, Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP28 6HG
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.weststow.org

E-mail

weststow@stedsbc.gov.uk

Telephone

01284 728718

Fax

01284 728277

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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