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Public events at the Ancient Technology Centre (ATC)

The Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne offers a range of opportunities for the general public including open days, public courses, storytelling and musical events.

Open days in 2014

The Ancient Technology Centre has been providing exciting hands-on learning experiences to schools and other groups for over 25 years. We have developed a series of open days that are designed to give members of the general public the opportunity to come and explore the site, learn about our historical past and participate in some ancient crafts and skills. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the site.

Stone Age Weekend - 12 and 13 April between 10am and 4pm.

This is a chance for all the family to experience 'life in the Stone Age' at this prestigious site. Stone Age re-enactors will provide a glimpse into prehistoric times including cooking methods, making glues & cordage, fire making, and much more.  Experienced flint-knappers will be demonstrating different techniques for creating blades and axe heads, and the Prehistoric Archery and Atlal Society will be on hand to let you try out their spears and bows.  Other hands-on activities include hide scraping, painting with ochres, and pulling a giant monolith using ancient methods.  

Entry: £6 for adults, £3.50 for children (4-16yrs) and free to under 4s.

2014 Dates for your diary:

  • Viking Weekend - Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July
  • Roman Weekend - Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September
  • Apple Harvest Day - Saturday 11 October
  • Medieval Winter Day - Saturday 6 December

Further information

All open days offer refreshments: BBQ, fresh homemade cakes and tea. Plenty of indoor and outdoor activities so, regardless of the weather, good fun can be had by all plus the opportunity to purchase replica crafts at the Trade Tent. For more information, please check our website (opens in a new window) or call the Ancient Technology Centre.

Ancient skills courses

Visiting craftspeople will run a flexible programme of other courses throughout the year. Please contact the Ancient Technology Centre for further information.

Mailing list

If you would like to be kept informed of events at the Ancient Technology Centre, please contact the Admin, Finance and Marketing Officer and request to be added to our email mailing list.

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