Festival of British Archaeology at Creswell Crags

To celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology, a series of interactive workshops and lectures will be held at Creswell Crags demonstrating experimental archaeology and crafts.

It is launching the annual Festival of British Archaeology with a guest lecture by Professor Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum, entitled ‘The Early Human Occupation of Britain’. The lecture will take place on Saturday 16th July at 2pm. Tickets are on sale now from the Museum and Education Centre and are priced at £3.50 per person.

As part of ‘BBC Dig’, free excavation activities for children will be taking place on Sunday 17th July from 11am to 3pm. On Sunday 24th July, visitors can watch a potter from Historical Promotions makes pottery from a wooden wheel used hundreds of years ago. A specialist in his craft, he makes various styles of pottery that would have been used in the Anglo-Saxon period. Children’s workshops will be taking place throughout the day for children to make Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Medieval or Tudor pottery, which can then be taken home. Workshops cost £2 per child / £5 for a family of 4. Find out more about Historical Promotions at www.historicalpromotions.com.

Also on Sunday 24th July a further free excavation activity for children will be taking place from 11am to 3pm. They can have a go at digging in trenches for artifacts and working with staff to identify what they have found.

Over the weekend Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July visitors can visit Robin Hood, Church Hole and the rarely opened Pin Hole cave - experiencing Creswell Crags through the eyes of the Ice Age people who visited the gorge, Victorian archaeologists and modern researchers. This package will replace the normal tour schedule and will be £10 adult, £6 child and £9 concessions. Combined family tickets will also be available starting at £30 for a two adult with two children.

Renowned flint-knappers and Ice Age technology experts John and Val Lord will be joining an afternoon lecture on Saturday 30th July. This talk on the nature and uses of flint, and making prehistoric tools from stone and bone, will include demonstrations and object handling. The talk will start at 3pm and tickets cost £3.50 per person.

Contact Creswell Crags on 01909 720378