The Sylva Foundation has a very exciting programme of activities lined up for its first Anglo-Saxon open weekend (13th-14th October) as part of the House of Wessex project.
Over the two days (10am to 4pm) there will be opportunities for all the family to experience a wide range of Anglo-Saxon activities.
- Watch and learn about Anglo-Saxon treewrighting (not ‘carpentry’!) including cleaving and hewing timbers, and timber framing techniques.
- Have a go at hurdle making and the opportunity to try your hand at mixing wattle and daub.
- A thatcher will be holding demonstrations on the thatching techniques to be used on the House of Wessex building.
- Children can join in milling, from start to finish, to help make bread using a rotary quern-stone.
- International award-winning living history society, the Wulfheodenas, will be demonstrating a wide range of Anglo-Saxon arts and crafts. There will be textile production, from fleece to fabric, bone carving, antler working, leather working, jewellery and material making and lots more.
- Children can listen to an Anglo-Saxon storyteller and learn and play games from this fascinating period in history. Each tent will have a mini display and people can see and ask questions about each activity.
For more information, visit the Sylva Foundation website.