Anglo Saxon Weekend

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.

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