Dark Ages Weekend

Once again 'The Vikings' will be invading The Ancient Technology Centre for our Dark-Ages weekend... 

Join us on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of July 2018 to explore your Dark-Age roots.

Interact with the Vikings in their camp; have a go at traditional crafts, try on their armour... and maybe take part in a battle or two! 

Watch Albion Historical Falconry as they demonstrate traditional falconry techniques with their wonderful Birds of Prey, Ancient Wessex Network will be demonstrating traditional crafts and skills, complete your experience with a Viking feast, cooked up by Pario Gallico and browse stalls selling authentic historical gifts. ... but remember to save room for home-made cake from our Volunteer Cafe!

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July 2018

Gates open 10am-4pm, 

Adults £10, 

Children £5 (under 4's free).
Tickets are available on the Gate 

A chance to taste and smell the past!   Ancient Weekends at the Ancient Technology Centre are an ideal family day out in Dorset. They blend fun, living history, traditional crafts and skills, with hands on activities to excite children and inform visitors of all ages.  

Bring a picnic or enjoy locally sourced foods, home made cake and delicious tea and coffee in the beautiful and timeless setting of this unique open air site.


We are only open to the public on these event days. The rest of the time the site is only available to educational groups.

We have modern(ish) toileting facilities on site and our volunteers will be selling refreshments in the Viking Longhouse.

Unfortunately no dogs are allowed due to due to the nature of our site and our free roaming livestock.

Please note no smoking is permitted anywhere on site.  

Prehistory Weekend

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March 2018: 10am - 4pm

This is the Ancient Technology Centre's first event of the year to showcase the many different and exciting technologies and lifestyles of Prehistoric Britain ranging from the Stone Age to the late Iron Age. 

Against the backdrop of our spectacular array of buildings, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of activities, demonstrations, living history, and food over the course of the weekend. 

Tickets are available on the gate - no pre-booking.
£10 adults / £5 children 4-16yrs / free to under 4s

Experienced flint knappers will be demonstrating different techniques for creating blades and axe heads, together with fire making and hide scraping.

Stone Age re-enactors will provide a glimpse into prehistoric times: ancient cooking methods, bronze casting, pottery and much more.

Falconry displays will take place during the day and in between displays visitors can look at the birds in close proximity and ask questions.  

Other hands on activities include textiles - weaving and spinning, cordage bracelet making and prehistoric archery.

Special guests this year include:

  • Albion Historic Falconry, 
  • Pario Gallico,
  • Sussex Past, 
  • Ancient Wessex Network, 
  • The Vicus, 
  • Trade Tent, 
  • Dorset County Council Archaeologist.