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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: Thu 12, or Fri 13 August 2021
Where: Elmswell Farms, Driffield, East Yorkshire
Duration: 2 hours (10:00am-12:00pm, or 2:00pm-4:00pm)
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

Meeting point

To get to our meeting point, you’ll need to turn off Sykes Lane, onto the track that goes past the main entrace to Elmswell Farms.

Do not enter the farm! Instead, you’ll need to follow the signs past the farm until you get to our dig site.

This will about a 5-10 minute drive, or a 15-20 minute walk if you’re on foot.

Please add at least 10-20 minutes onto your journey time to allow for the extra distance from the entrance to Elmswell Farms down to the dig site.

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

Who is this event suitable for?

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

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 local primary school, please check out our What’s On page for other events you can join in with.

How many children can I bring?

You can bring up to two children for each adult. If you want to bring more children, you’ll also need to bring another adult to help supervise them, and make a separate booking for them.

This is because our DigCamp experiences are best enjoyed when there is at least one adult for every two children. It helps us make sure that everyone knows what they are doing, and that your children get to take part in REAL, properly supervised archaeology.

If you have any trouble finding another adult to accompany additional children, please email in advance… we’ll do our best to bring in extra staff to help with supervision, but we need enough notice in advance to do this.

What to bring

Please remember that although archaeology is fun, 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, waterproofs, and boots or wellies to keep warm and dry. 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!)

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.

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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