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The Skies of Prehistory at Butser Ancient Farm

The Skies of Prehistory at Butser Ancient Farm

17 February 2024

10.00 to 16.00

In addition to the other activities on site (see below), our Roundhouse will become home to a pop-up planetarium for an immersive experience; ‘The Skies of Prehistory’ with skyscape archaeologist Dr Fabio Silva from Bournemouth University.

Additional charge of £5 per person for a 45 minute immersive experience – can be booked in advance or on the day subject to availability.

Visit Butser Ancient Farm to discover more about ancient astronomy and celestial navigation as part of the South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival.

Journey through time and discover how ancient explorers were the first astronomers! Explore ancient voyages and the night sky on our brand-new family trail and navigate from Stone Age homes to Saxon halls via the Bronze Age, Iron Age and our Roman Villa as you follow the clues in the night sky!

To celebrate the South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival, we’re getting starry all week. Gather round our Standing Stone for talks on ancient astronomy, enjoy stories about the stars round the fire in our Great Roundhouse, and follow our all-new family trail on your adventures around the farm.

Discover astronomy from ancient star maps to modern solar scopes, plus metalworking demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more! (different activities are available on different days – see below for details)

An incredible family day out, all activities are completely free with your admission. Become an annual passholder for a completely free day out!*


Start: 17 February 2024
End: 17 February 2024
Booking: Yes
Admission: Check fees on website

Location Details

Location Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Ln, Chalton, Waterlooville 
Postcode PO8 0BG

Organiser Details

Organiser's Name Butser Ancient Farm
Organiser's Website https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/

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