A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

Back in February LP visited Butser Ancient Farm with her school for the celts and romans topic. It’s a farm about an hour from where we live in Petersfield on the Hampshire West Sussex border and she had a fantastic day, talking about it constantly ever since. So when we asked where she’d like to go for her birthday day out she chose Butser Farm, wanting to introduce her family to somewhere she loves so much.

When we arrived we were given a warm welcome and the farm was explained to us. We were given a map, activity sheets for the children and went right on our way.

Butser Ancient Farm is described on their website as a unique experimental archaeology site featuring archaeological reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period. The farm is set out in a loop so you can easily work your way around the site without missing anything, something the children really liked.

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

The Butser Farm buildings are internationally famous and have appeared in so many movies and TV shows – most recently the Horrible Histories movie. The children were so excited by this as they’d seen the film the previous week and were pointing out so many scenes from the movie as we walked around.

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

As we walked around the site we were taken on a trip through history. We started in the Stone Age and worked our way through the Iron Age, Roman times and the Anglo-Saxon era. It was incredible and the transition was so natural between the ages too, everything flowed so nicely.

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

There were so many different buildings from the different ages complete with interiors – seats, cooking implements, working fires, looms. Everything was set up to be how it would have been back in that era and it was incredible to experience.

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

As well as having so many buildings there are also pigs on the farm as well as goats and sheep that we were able to feed and the children loved getting to know the different goats’ personalities. Some were definitely more boisterous than others!

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

We had a little archeology lesson from an expert in the Roman Villa, showing us tools and weapons from the different ages and we were also able to put together mosaics and be part of an archeological dig – looking for treasure in a pit on the ground. I think the children could easily have spent all day in this bit!

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

The children also learnt how to weave sticks to make fences – something else they could have happily spent ages doing. They really enjoyed it and I’m sure they wish we could recreate it at home!

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

We took a picnic to Butser Farm and there are plenty of places to sit and have a picnic. There’s also a basic cafe at Butser Farm where you can buy hot drinks from a machine and pre-packaged sandwiches as well as snacks like crisps and biscuits.

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

We ended up spending about three hours at Butser Ancient Farm and I’m sure if you read every sign and took your time you could spend even longer there. It really is a lovely, simple family day out in the heart of the countryside and only costs £24 for a family ticket. They also have so many Butser Ancient Farm events through the year as well as many school visits too. I know that LP will be insisting we go back again as soon as we possibly can.

A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm
A Day Out at Butser Ancient Farm

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  • Thanks for this review, my children have both been here for school trips twice (my daughter just yesterday!) and they are always raving about it, but I didn’t realise that you could visit otherwise, I think we need to make a family trip there!