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DigCamp at Elmswell Farms for local schools

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Archaeology isn’t just for adults! Help Farmer John’s team of archaeologists unearth clues to an ancient Roman settlement at Elmswell Farms.

When: Wed 12, or Thur 13 August 2021
Where: Elmswell Farms, Driffield, East Yorkshire
Duration: 2 hours (10:00am-12:00pm, or 1:00pm-3:00pm)
Suitable for: Families with children aged 6-12 who attend a local primary school
Booking size: Under each booking, you can bring one adult and up to two children. You will be asked to provide the name and ages of each adult and child once you click ‘add to cart’
Meals, travel, and accommodation: Not included (see FAQ for your options)
Experience level: All levels welcome


Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a Roman settlement at Elmswell Farm, and Farmer John wants you to come and help unearth it. Will you find a piece of Roman pottery? Or part of a building? And can you figure out who was living here over 2,000 years ago?

If your child attends a local primary school, you can bring your family along to DigCamp  where you’ll get to take part in a real, live excavation with archaeologists from DigVentures. You’ll learn how to dig, make your own discoveries, and experience what it’s really like to be an archaeologist. It’s the perfect mini family adventure for kids and adults who want to get outdoors and discover history for themselves this summer!


Additional info

Who is this event suitable for?

This event is suitable for any family with children aged 6-12 who attend a local primary school which is already working with Farmer John.

This event has been designed in partnership with Farmer John and his family to provide local children the chance to explore their own history hands-on, and another way to learn about the local landscape as part of their seasonal school trips to Elmswell Farm.

Our team of archaeologists will always do our best to make our archaeological experiences as inclusive as possible for children with different learning and physical needs. If you’ve got any questions about access or participation, please just email

If your child does not attend a school that is already working with Farmer John, please check out our What’s On page for other events you can join in with.

Why do I need one adult for every two children?

Each booking you make covers one adult, and up to two children. If you have a bigger group, you will have to find another adult and make another booking!

This is because archaeology is fun, but it’s also a science. Therefore, we like there to be at least one adult for every two children so that everyone knows what they’re doing, and are well supervised. It helps us ensure that everyone can have fun while taking part in REAL archaeology.

If you have any trouble finding another adult to accompany additional children, please email in advance.

Safe Dig policies

We will be following all the latest rules and guidance that are relevant at the time of the dig, and will expect all participants to follow these as well as any additional policies we have in place to keep our team safe.

As a very minimum, we will be maintaining small group sizes, social distancing, and sanitising our equipment frequently.

You can read more about our Safe Dig policies here, including what we’re doing, what we ask you to do, what to bring, and your booking options if your experience is postponed or you can no longer attend due to the ongoing pandemic.

Arrival & Departure

Meeting point:

Follow the signs from the farm’s main entrance off Sykes Lane down the track to site (this will be about a 3 minute drive, or a 10 minute walk if you’re on foot).

We will send a reminder with more specific details closer to the time, but for now, please plan your journey to arrive at the main entrance at least 20 minutes before your experience is due to start (this will either be 10:00am or 1:00pm depending on which session you choose) so that you’ve got time to make your way to the actual excavation site.

One of our archaeologists will be there to meet you and we will begin promptly – please don’t be late!

What to bring

Please remember that although archaeology is fun, but it is outdoors fun!

This means you need to be prepared for the weather, and dressed appropriately.

If the weather is looking a little grey, we recommend lots of layers of warm clothing, so we can keep nice and toasty warm whatever the weather. If the weather is looking sunny, we recommend lots of suncream and a hat!

You need to bring:

  • Facemasks (very important!)
  • Sturdy boots (very important!)
  • For wet weather: warm clothing, raincoat, and wellies or waterproof boots weatherproof
  • For warm weather: suncream, sunhat
  • Plastic bag to carry any muddy gear home in
  • Drinks and snacks (very important!)
  • Anything else you might need for a mini outdoor adventure!

Remember: archaeology is fun, but it is OUTDOORS fun, so you need to be prepared for the changeable British weather.

You do NOT need to bring:

  • Archaeological tools (we will provide all of the archaeological tools you need!)

Food, travel, and accomodation

Food, travel, and accomodation is not included with your booking.

Please bring any drinks or snacks that you might need, and plan your own journey. Parking is available on site.

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DigCamp at Elmswell Farms for local schools




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