Our Summer sessions are back for 2021 and this year we are learning all about the awesome Anglo Saxons!

Lifting The Lid

Starting Monday 26th July and then every Monday throughout the Summer Holiday except Bank Holidays.

10am – 12 noon.

Join a different volunteer each week as they show you some special objects from the museum collection so you can discover more about Wantage’s past.

Free to drop in, no need to book.

History Detectives

Who was buried at Sutton Hoo?

Starting Tuesday 27th July, then every Tuesday throughout the Summer Holiday.

10am – 11am

Do you have what it takes to unravel a great historical mystery? Since its discovery just under 100 years ago, the treasure-filled Anglo Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo has left historians asking who exactly the burial was for. Hone your historical detective skills and piece together the clues found at the burial site to solve the great puzzle of the empty grave.

Child £5 (excluding booking fees) Adults Free (must book an adult ticket)

Tickets can be booked online here

Super Saxon Arts & Crafts

Become an Anglo Saxon Warrior

Starting Tuesday 27th July, the every Tuesday & Thursday throughout the Summer Holiday.

11.30am – 12.30pm

Transform yourself into an Anglo Saxon warrior at our summer arts and crafts sessions. Led by our Museum Teacher, you will construct an Anglo Saxon helmet, emboss a replica silver brooch and weave a friendship bracelet using a traditional Viking weaving technique, whilst also learning about the history and significance of these objects.

Child £5 (excluding booking fees) Adults Free (must book an adult ticket)

Tickets can be booked online here

Saxon Summer Family Days

Wednesday 28th July & Wednesday 18th August.

10am – 12 noon & 1pm – 3pm.

Join us at the Vale and Downland Museum for our Saxon Summer Family Days! We are celebrating the opening of our brilliant new King Alfred Gallery with two very special days jam packed with everything Anglo Saxon and Viking. Our staff and volunteers will transport you back in time to over one thousand years ago with stories, objects, activities and crafts that will bring the Anglo Saxon era to life for the whole family.

Children £6  Adults £2.50 (excluding booking fees)

Tickets can be booked online here

Letcombe Brook Beasties

Thursday 29th July, 12th August & 26th August.

10am – 11am & 11am – 12noon

Join Letcombe Brook Project Officer Mark Bradfield as he shows children what lives in Letcombe Brook and learn how to identify the different species.

Free but tickets must be booked online here

Please note that children will not enter the water but there is a chance they could get wet so please dress accordingly.

Cartoon Creator

Bring the Anglo Saxon tale of Beowulf to life with your own cartoon retelling.

Starting Thursday 29th July, then every Thursday throughout the Summer Holiday.

10 – 11am

The heroic Anglo Saxon tale of Beowulf has been shared for over a thousand years. Join us this summer as we will bring the epic saga to life for children with storytelling and cartooning. Discover the courageous and monstrous characters, create your own cartoons to retell the story, and experiment with kenning poetry to describe the vivid scenes that unfold in this thrilling Anglo Saxon tale.

Child £5 (excluding booking fees) Adults Free (must book an adult ticket)

Tickets can be booked online here

Important Information

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Given the enclosed nature of our galleries we kindly ask that visitors continue wearing masks to protect other visitors, our volunteers and our staff.

Thank You