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An Ancient Winter Magical Adventure

Sat 3 Dec - Sat 17 Dec

The alternative Christmas family trail!

Come to Butser for a fun festive adventure for all the family. ‘Yule’ have a magical time this Christmas exploring the ancient buildings around the farm and uncovering the folklore of Winter!

Our magical map will guide you around the site, connecting you with nature to discover the ancient traditions of Winter. We will invite you into our beautiful houses where you may spot the Deer Queen summoning the light back and meet the Holly King merrily keeping the winter freeze at bay. They may even need your help this Winter…

There will be make-and-take crafts in our cosy ancient houses for kids of all ages. You will be able to gather round the warming fires and watch the flames leap and dance while your little ones create presents to take home.

We will be serving hot, mulled drinks and sweet treats for all our winter adventurers to purchase in our shop. And you will even be able to get those last Christmas gifts at our lovely shop before you leave.

Butser Ancient Farm



Terms and conditions

USEFUL INFORMATION: Please wrap up warm with sensible footwear as it can be chilly at the farm in Winter.

TIMED ENTRY: Please arrive within your half hour timeslot, the adventure will take around an hour and a half.

FIRES: Please note there will be open fires in the houses during this event. 

SPECIAL EVENT: This festive event is not included as general admission for our annual pass holders.

REFUNDS: We cannot offer any refunds on tickets unless we at Butser Ancient Farm need to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances.

COVID-19: We will be complying with any relevant Covid-19 government guidance in place at the time of the event including the latest guidance on mask wearing. If you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, please do not attend.

About Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm is a unique experimental archaeology site nestled into the rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park; we welcome visitors and education groups to the site throughout the year.  From our origins as an Iron Age research site we now feature archaeological reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period. Our buildings are internationally famous and appear frequently in documentaries and feature films. We also grow crops from prehistory and keep rare breeds of animals, such as goats and sheep.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors, including those who may have particular requirements regarding accessibility. Carers are admitted free of charge when accompanying a disabled visitor during our standard opening hours. Butser Ancient Farm is a multi-sensory visitor experience, ideal for those with a variety of learning needs and styles. All of our school activities and lecture tours are designed with accessibility in mind, please contact us to discuss any particular requirements or concerns.

Learn more about Butser Ancient Farm


Mobility and/or building
  • Wheel Chair Accessible venue
  • Wheel Chair Accessible Entrance

Visitors can enjoy a timeline of areas starting with Stone Age, progressing through to Bronze and Iron Age roundhouses, a Roman villa and finishing with our two Saxon longhouses. Each site has interpretation boards and all areas are accessible to wheelchairs, except one small mezzanine room in the villa.

Disabled Parking & Drop-off
  • Designated Disabled Parking

Our car park includes disabled parking by our visitor centre, and the centre itself has a wheelchair accessible disabled toilet. We also have a wheelchair available for visitors to use which can be requested on arrival, or you can reserve it before your visit by calling 02392 598838.

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Wheelchair Access to Outdoor Areas
  • Paths
Guide Dogs
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
Additional Services
  • Special Sessions
The Unexpected
  • We have characters in costumes

We also organise special re-enactment weekends on a regular basis. The re-enactors will be in costume.


Butser Ancient Farm Chalton Lane
Waterlooville, PO8 OBG