Secrets of the Heath 2016

03 September 2016 to 04 September 2016


Come and join us on Petersfield Heath for a weekend of horrible histories as we bring the story of the heath to life through re-enactments and wildlife fun. Meet characters from the past and discover the wild animals that inhabit this precious but now rare habitat.

Secrets of the Heath 2016 – Programme

Provisional Programme (May be subject to change on the day)

  • 11.00 Moth identification
  • 11.20 Saxon shield wall demonstration
  • 11.40 Roman onegar (catapult) in action
  • 12.00 History of Medieval hand weaponry
  • 12.30 Medieval falconry display
  • 1.00 Highway woman display
  • 1.15 Livestock parade
  • 2.00 Archaeology Tour of the ‘People of the Heath’ (book atPetersfield Museum stand)
  • 1.40 Roving interviews
  • 2.20 Roman onegar (catapult) in action
  • 2.40 Roman armoury and tactics
  • 3.00 Medieval tournament
  • 3.30 Falconry display
  • 4.00 Highway woman display
  • 4.15 Livestock parade
  • 7.30 Saturday only Bat Walk (book at Sussex Wildlife Trust stand)
  • 9.00 Saturday only Star Gazing party


  • Roman onegar demonstrations
  • Have a go archery
  • Log boat rides
  • Meet the reptiles and amphibians of the heath with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • Meet the cows and sheep that graze our heaths with the National Trust
  • Have a go with Saxon swords and shields
  • Bug hunting with the RSPB
  • Wildlife tattoos with Sussex Wildlife Trust
  • Archaeological activities with the South Downs National Park

Refreshments are available throughout the day and include tea, coffee and cold drinks, hot snacks, local beer and ice cream


Location Details


Petersfield Heath, Hampshire


GU31 4LA

Organiser Details