Dates: Sat 23, Tue 26, and Wed 27 October 2021
Duration: 3 hours (9:30am-12:30pm, or 1:30pm-4:30pm)
Suitable for: Families with children aged 6-12
Family size: Maximum of one adult and two children per booking (you can make more than one booking)
Meals, travel, and accommodation: Not included (see FAQ for your options)
Experience level: All levels welcome
Fascinated by history? Got a bit of an adventurous streak? Join the DigVentures team on a real, live excavation, and help us to unearth the remains of a 500 year old Tudor feast. You’ll learn how to dig, make your own discoveries, and experience what it’s really like to be an archaeologist.
Our team will guide your search for evidence, and help you piece together the evidence as you try to solve a real archaeological mystery… It’s the perfect day out for teenagers who want to get outdoors and discover history for themselves!
Sudeley Castle was one of the Tudors’ most beloved palaces, and often housed those closest to the crown. It’s where Anne Boleyn stayed with Henry VIII while he made his decision to dissolve the monasteries, and where Katherine Parr, Henry’s last wife, later lived after he died.
But there’s something else buried in the castle grounds…
Our team of archaeologists has found the remains of a 500 year old feast. There are pieces of Tudor pottery, lots of animal bones, and evidence of an enormous party.
We think these are the remains of a huge celebration attended by Elizabeth I, held on the anniversary of her victory over the Spanish Armada in 1592. Our mission is to collect as many archaeological clues as possible, and use them as evidence to figure out if the rumours are true!
Each DigCamp session is 3 hours. In that time, your family will learn all the basic skills that a field archaeologist uses on a dig. Starting with a lively introduction to the Tudors, we’ll grab our trowels and jump straight into the trenches to begin your hands-on archaeological training!
You’ll learn how to excavate, how to recognise new archaeological layers, and how to identify ancient artefacts. We’ll work together to unearth our site, and our friendly team of professional archaeologists will be there to guide your search for evidence every step of the way.
By the end, you’ll be heading home having experienced what it’s really like to be an archaeologist. It’s good, clean, fun!
DigCamp is suitable for any family with children aged 6-12.
Children are the archaeologists of the future, and do everything we can to give young people an experience that will inspire their interest in history, archaeology, and learning about the past.
We also do our best to make our experiences as inclusive as possible for children with different learning and physical needs. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got any questions about access, and what we can do to help you take part.
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.
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.
Please arrive at the castle’s main visitor entrance at least 20 minutes before your experience is due to start (this will either be 9:30am or 1:30pm depending on which session you choose).
One of our archaeologists will meet you at the main entrance and we will begin promptly – please don’t be late!
Once your DigCamp session ends, you’ll be free to continue exploring the castle grounds. There’s plenty to see, including Percy the Peacock!
Please remember that this DigCamp is happening in October, and while we could have beautiful sunshine you should also be prepared for the possibility of experiencing all four seasons in one day!
Archaeologists tend to find lots of layers of warm clothing are best, so we can keep nice and toasty warm whatever the weather.
Please ensure your child has warm layers, waterproof boots, and a raincoat. Waterproof trousers are an added bonus if it’s looking like rain is in the forecast. And remember to bring something to protect your car seats on the way home – you could have muddy monsters in the back!
You need to bring:
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:
Food, travel, and accomodation is not included with your booking.
We recommend bringing your own packed lunch, but there is also a cafe at Sudeley Castle.
You can find the most up to date details about travel, parking, and cafe openings on the Sudeley Castle website.
£90.00 – £120.00
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