SUMMER DAY VISITS

A summer visit will take place between April and October half term. This visit is based in and around our reconstructed buildings and focus on the ancient skills and jobs people would have practiced in the past. 


What happens on the day?

Your visit duration will depend on your transport considerations, typically ranging from 9.30am to 3.15pm.
On arrival your class will be divided into three work parties of around ten children and each party will rotate around the three activities.  Two of your three activities will be ATC staff led and will usually be more technically demanding such as:

  • blacksmithing, 
  • rope making, 
  • felt making, and many other

while the third activity will be led by your visiting staff after an introduction by us and demonstration to your children.
Each teaching day finishes with a plenary session sitting around a fire in a building and gives your children a chance to ask the many questions the days work has raised in their minds. Our staff have excellent knowledge and experience of their subjects and this is a great way to wind down after the hustle and bustle of the days tasks. 

Activities

We can cover specific time periods such as the Stone Age, Iron Age (Celtic), Roman, Saxon, or Viking Periods or alternatively, we can design a day that compares and contrasts two time periods. 

 

Safety is paramount to all of us. Every ATC activity is conceived using research, our personal knowledge and skills, tested, risk assessed and practiced before it is offered to a visiting school. This maintains our excellent safety record and allows us to offer activities which are unique to the ATC.

Please find below example activities related to specific time periods.  Please be aware activity availability will be discussed during your Pre-visit Planning Meeting (so it always best to book meetings early) and can change due to weather and work required on site during your visit. 


Our activities are numerous and each has been carefully designed to be safe, realistic, demanding and rewarding.  In our experience, children always rise to a challenge and enjoy hard work, with a purpose.

Activities by Time Periods

Stone Age - Iron Age

ATC Tutor led  

  • Flint Knapping (all year)
  • Willow weaving  (summer)
  • Blacksmithing (Bronze & Iron Age - Summer) 
  • Felt making   (summer)
  • Natural Dyeing  (summer)
  • Archery (summer)
  • Cordage (all year)
  • Fire making (all year)
  • Textiles (all year)
  • Fence building (winter)


School Staff led

  • Granary (summer)
  • Tanning  (all year)
  • Farming/construction (all year)
  • Object handling (all year)


Romans

ATC Tutor led

  • Blacksmithing (summer)
  • Archery (summer)
  • Willow weaving (summer)
  • Felt making (summer)
  • Natural Dyeing (summer)
  • Roman Road (summer)
  • Rope Making (summer)
  • Cordage (all year)
  • Fire making (All year)
  • Textiles (All year)
  • Fence building (winter)


School Staff Led

  • Granary (summer)
  • Cob-Bricks (summer)
  • Tanning (All year)
  • Farming/ construction (All year)
  • Object handling (All year)

Anglo Saxons/Vikings

ATC Tutor led

  • Blacksmithing (summer)
  • Archery (summer)
  • Willow weaving (summer)
  • Felt making (summer)
  • Natural Dyeing (summer)
  • Pole lathe (All year)
  • Fire making (All year)
  • Textiles (All year)
  • Cordage (all year)
  • Rope making (all year)
  • Fence building (winter)


School Staff led

  • Granary (summer)
  • Tanning (All year)
  • Farming/construction (All year)
  • Object handling (All year)
  • Games / Riddles (All year)

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