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The Celts at Ufton Court

Residential Visits

During their stay your class will become Celtic tribes like, the Regni, Atrebates and Catuvellauni. For each activity they complete they earn coins for their pouch. At the end of the visit, the pouches are weighed and the winning group is rewarded by their tribal King (the teacher for their group).

Your visit will centre on our Iron age Celtic settlement, our woodlands and farm where the children will take part in trails, crafts, skills, games, drama activities and warrior training. Following their training they can then re-enact Boudicca’s revolt or the burial of their tribal King in our ceremonial bog.

All visits will include a Celtic feast in costume celebrating one of the three season festivals; Samhain, Imbolc and Beltain. The feast will be led by Ufton Court staff and will include eating, drinking, dancing and merriment.

One or Two Night Residential

Your first morning of activities will be led by Ufton Court staff. Children will explore the grounds and woodlands and you can choose from a variety of crafts. They can try their hand at fire lighting without matches, hurdling, spinning, using war paint and making charcoal or torc necklaces.

After lunch on your first day children can play Celtic games and compete to show their strength and agility to earn further coins including a sack race, hurdles, skipping, sling shots and bolder throwing.

There are a wealth of other activities you can choose from, these can be led by you or by Ufton Court Staff. See our pick and mix page for ideas or discuss with our staff and we will design a programme to meet your needs.

Further Activities

We provide the resources and lesson plans for activities you run yourselves, these include; Exploring Celtic art, examining artefacts, training to be a poet/story teller or learning about Celtic medicines in the herb and knot garden.

Additional chargeable activities led by Ufton Court staff include; Visit the Celtic farm, try your hand at archery, explore the past with the Big Dig and train to be a warrior!

Day Visit

A day visit will centre on “A day in the life of a Celtic warrior” using the Celtic settlement, woodlands and farm. Children will take part in trails, crafts, skills, games, drama activities and warrior training. Just like the residential, children will then have the chance to re-enact Boudicca’s revolt or the burial of their tribal king in the ceremonial bog!

Schools have the opportunity to pick and mix the activities they really want to do so that each programme is tailored to suit their needs. Some activities are chargeable and others can be run by school teachers.

The Romans at Ufton Court

Your group will become new Roman legionnaire arrivals to a strange new land that they have settled in. Your visit will centre on our Iron age settlement, woods and farmlands where they will take part in crafts and skills, games, drama activities and Roman soldier training. Following their Roman training they can re-enact Boudicca’s revolt or visit Calleva Artrebatum in Roman Silchester to perform in the amphitheatre.

All visits will include a Roman banquet where children can dress in costume. This will be led by Ufton Court staff and will include food, drink, pantomime, reaction and jokes.

After lunch on your first day you can re-enact the story of Boudicca’s revolt against the Roman empire.

One or Two Night Residential

Children will learn how to make a bow and arrow with Ufton Court staff on your first morning. They will then practice shooting with it or use the quern stone to grind grain, try lighting the fire Roman style and cook a Roman soldier’s meal followed by building and using life-sized trebuchet catapults!

Further Activities

Activities that can be run by your school using Ufton lesson plans and resources include; Exploring Roman mosaic and art, examining artefacts, playing Roman games and learning about Celtic medicine, make-up and magic.

Additional chargeable activities include; Learn Roman military movements including the orb, the wedge and the testudo, try your hand at archery, explore the past with the Big Dig, train to be a warrior or cut a quill and make your own ink!

Day visit

Children will become Roman Centurion arrivals to a strange new land. The day will evolve around “A day in the lift of a Centurion” and will take place in the Iron age settlement and the surrounding woodland and farm. Like the Celtic day visit, schools have the opportunity to pick and mix their activities to tailor their perfect day.

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