Dates: Sun 24 Oct, Thur 28 Oct 2021
Duration: 5 hours (11am-4pm)
Family size: One adult and up to two children per booking (you can make more than one booking)
Food, travel, and accommodation: Not included (see FAQs for your options)
Experience level: All levels welcome
Fascinated by history? Got an adventurous streak? Bring your family for a fun day out with the DigVentures team. You’ll get to take part in a real, live excavation together, 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 we’ll help you piece together the evidence as you try to solve a real archaeological mystery… It’s the perfect day out for any teen who wants 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!
DigClub is suitable for any family with teenagers aged 12-16.
Teens are the archaeologists of the future, and we want to do everything we can to give young people an experience that will inspire their interest in 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 email@example.com 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. One of our archaeologists will meet you at the main entrance and we will begin promptly – please don’t be late!
If you want to explore the castle grounds before or after you DigClub experience, just let the castle staff know that you’re with the dig team and they should wave you through.
Once your DigClub 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 DigClub 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 you have 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:
You do NOT need to bring:
DigCamp is designed for children aged 6-12, while DigClub provides a more in-depth experience for children aged 12-16.
If you’ve got a child in each age group, we can be flexible – if you think your older child will be happy keeping their younger sibling company in DigCamp, then try that. Likewise, if you think your younger sibling is mature enough to handle a full-on DigCamp day, then try that.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re not sure – some families are better off booking two separate experiences. It really depends!
£120.00 – £160.00
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