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Upcoming ATC Events

28th & 29th July 2018

Dark Ages Weekent 28th & 29th July 2018


Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm 

Prices: Adults £10.00, Children £5.00, Under 4's free - Tickets available on the gate on the day. 

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Apple Day Sunday 23rd September 2018


Sunday 10am - 4pm

Prices: Adults £5, Children £2.50,  Under 4's free - Tickets available on the gate on the day. 

27th & 28th October 2018


Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

Prices: Adults £5.00, Children £2.50,  Under 4's free - Tickets available on the gate on the day. 

Other Events at the Ancient Technology Centre.

Outside event organisers hire the Ancient Technology Centre to hold events and sell tickets to the general public.  

Any tickets or enquiries for these events should be directed to the organisers.  

The Ancient Technology Centre is used on a daily basis by school groups, we  kindly ask that you respect the site by leaving it as you found it. 

Please take your rubbish away with you. 

Please be aware this is a no smoking site and unfortunately dogs are not permitted on site due to livestock.

Storytelling in the Earthouse

Fairytales for grown ups

In a field on the outskirts of Cranborne village, there is a hill, and it has a door…  

One of Dorset’s best kept secrets, the Earthouse is a 200-seat theatre – lit by lamplight and fire-light. Here audiences sit on wooden benches, under an earth roof, held up by 21 huge oak tree trunks… they come to listen to stories. The Ancient Technology Centre works with the Crick Crack Club to bring some of the finest contemporary performance storytellers to this fabulous off-beat venue – turning it into a cinema of the imagination.   

 ‘I was spellbound – I don’t use the word lightly’ THE TIMES   

‘the art of storytelling is in the surest, safest hands here’ REMOTE GOAT

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Fire-lit Sound Journeys - Inside a hill

An all day workshop with Sika, followed by an evening Sound Journey.  This has to be one of the most shamanic venues of his 2018 tour. We are VERY excited about it.

Sika will play intuitively, sensing into the energy of the space using his collection of natural instruments, which include: didjeridoo, drums, native flutes, rattles, leaves, stones, shells, bones and maori taonga puoro. Sika’s voice and breath also play a vital role in this powerful, shamanic exploration.

Daytime Workshop 10.30am – 4.30pm

This workshop offers a series of shorter Sound Journeys, each one followed by time to drop into a deeply surrendered and relaxed state of being.  There are just 40 places for this extraordinary opportunity.

Evening Sound Journey 7.30pm – 9.30pm

After the all day workshop has ended, this incredible space will be the scene for a whole evening of Sound Journeying with Sika. Amidst this ancient Earth House, by the side of the sacred hearth, we shall dream and vision to sounds, in a timeless journey. Profound magic.

Saturday 15th September 2018


Jaminaround Part 2


Hejira - A London band named after Joni Mitchell's 1976 album and after the Arabic word for "flight or journey to a more desirable place". None of this gives too much away about the music, which blends folk, jazz and classical techniques with progressive-rock-esque attention to timbre and texture and a high level of instrumental virtuosity.

Alice Zawadzki - A vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London.  ​Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.

Chris Redmond and The Tongue Fu band - Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word shows. Poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw- dropping improvised soundtracks from the genre hopping Tongue Fu Band.

Soundspecies  - An the alias of Producer/Musician/DJ brothers Henry and Oliver Keen, raised in Cranborne, Dorset, now based in London. They explore the territory between traditional African rhythmic percussion music and electronic dance music, thrown together with a fascination for sonic experimentation with analogue synthesisers.

Tickets: Online tickets are in the form of a code. If you bring the reservation code that you received when you booked the ticket, the same code will be on the door next to your name or the name of the person that booked your ticket.  

The site will be open from 5.00pm, although the music does not start until 6.00pm. The event will finish by 12pm.

Children and minors: The event is not aimed at young children. There is no concession rate ticket, but children are more than welcome. How much your children of whatever age will enjoy the event is your call. If you are thinking to come and bring very young children, under 10's do not need to pay but must obviously be accompanied by their parents and this must be arranged by email in advance.  

Facilities The Ancient Technology Centre is used on a daily basis by school groups and the organisers of Jaminaround kindly ask that you respect the site by leaving it as you found it. Please take your  rubbish away with you. There are toilets on site and there will be a drinking water hose to fill up water bottles. No cooking facilities. Please be aware this is a no smoking site.

Food and Drinks Delicious, freshly cooked food (with vegetarian and carnivorous options), a range of hot and cold drinks will be available to purchase at reasonable prices.

For enquiries please contact:

Oliver Keen 

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September 2018

Pario Gallico Historical Cookery Workshops

Historical Cookery Workshops - Iron Age & Viking Cookery Workshops

Caroline Nicolay, from PARIO GALLICO -Historical Food catering and displays- will run two historical cookery days at the Ancient Technology Centre this autumn! 

  • Iron Age cookery workshop : Saturday 1st September 2018
  • Saxon and Viking cookery workshop : Sunday 2nd September 2018


''We will be cooking over a fire a 2-3 courses meal which participants will be able to eat (or takeaway) using ingredients, utensils  (cauldron, replica pots, knives, etc) and techniques relevant to the era around which each workshop is centered. We should also have time left to have a go at various secondary techniques: lighting a fire, doing the washing up the historical way… or any special requests!'' 

This also is a great opportunity to discover or rediscover the Ancient Technology Centre in a very personal way, far from the crowds... and a chance to sleep in a Viking longhouse!


10:30 to 15:30 (3:30pm) each day. 

Possibility to sleep in the Viking longhouse on the Friday and/or Saturday night for an additional £15 (bedding not provided). 

Historical meal (lunch) and tea/coffee/biscuits included, breakfast and dinner are not provided (possibility to cook on modern stoves, over the fire ... or to discover the local pubs!)

Modern kitchen, toilets, free parking and wifi available on site all day. 


Adults only (over 20 years old)

Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on site.


Workshops = £65 / person / day

Night in the Viking longhouse = £15 / person / night

Bookings and questions: 

If you are interested in booking a space on one or both workshops, please contact Pario Gallico directly via email, their website, their facebook page or phone.   You will then be sent a booking form to fill in to validate your booking. This will give you more detailed information about safety, what to wear, dietary requirements, cancellations, payments, etc. 

The full price of the workshop + night(s) on site needs to be paid when booking to validate your reservation.  




Phone: 07513 730963