Step Back Into Prehistoric Britain - The Directory Group

Step back into prehistoric Britain

Butser Ancient Farm is the perfect place to escape the chaos of modern life and step back into prehistoric Britain…

As spring brings warmth and light to the countryside, the farm will be brimming with mayflowers, butterflies and birdsong. Newborn lambs are tumbling around the paddocks and fields; they are a rare Iron Age breed called Manx Loaghtan, and although they are born dark, as they grow their coats will transform into a rustic mousey-brown colour. Elsewhere, the pigs start wallowing in the mud and the goats enjoy sleeping in the sunshine, rousing themselves only when a visitor offers a bag of food.

Visitors can experience life through 11,000 years of prehistory, from the Stone Age longhouse to the Iron Age village, featuring a brand new roundhouse based on archaeology from Danebury.

The Roman villa is being renovated this year, but is still open until the summer, when it will be closed for work, and a programme of Roman-based activities will be available for families throughout August in a Roman Summer event.

Lastly, the Saxon house is a magnificent stronghold of timber beams and ancient runes, based on local archaeology from the village of Chalton.

With its sustainable visitor centre, including gift shop, hot drinks, light snacks and toilets, Butser Ancient Farm is an ideal location for an afternoon of archaeology, countryside and tranquillity.

The entire site is wheelchair accessible, and visitors can take part in our family trail as they make their way across the farm. This Easter, children can also have a go at digging for artefacts in the archaeology pits, building a wattle fence with hazel, making mosaics in the Roman villa, crushing chalk for building materials, Stone Age painting, and translating runes in the Saxon house.

To find out more, call 023 9259 8838 or visit

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley