Ham Hill Fayre provides fun day out for families

Ham Hill Experience DayThe Countryside Rangers at South Somerset District Council are busy preparing this year’s Ham Hill Fayre on Saturday 7 September, where there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved with heritage and countryside at this fantastic Iron Age site.

The Ham Hill Fayre offers a fun day out for all the family. From 11am, you can take advantage of the wide range of activities on offer from hands on willow crafts, to having your face painted. There will be warrior training for the brave and flint knapping and coin minting taking place next to our very own Iron Age roundhouse. Witness the domestic life of an Iron Age tribe, help complete the building of a traditional round house constructed by the country parks ranger team and welcome the Roman centurions who occupied the fort.

Wildlife and countryside groups will also be joining in with the day, with stalls and retailers from the local area, a petting farm and there will also be horse and carriage rides around the flat meadows so you can experience a more traditional way of travelling.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said, “It’s wonderful to welcome back the Fayre at Ham Hill, the exhibits and activities for this year look fantastic. We hope the public have a fun-packed and eventful day and enjoy the wonderful setting and views around the Ham Hill Country Park. Our thanks to the Friends of Ham Hill Community Group who are kindly sponsoring this year’s event”

Countryside Manager Katy Menday said, “With the support of the Friends Group this year it looks set to be a great turn out of re-enactment groups and local organisations. As it is the final year of the archaeological excavations we are keen for as many people as possible to visit both the fayre and the dig site. Why not bring along your local finds for identification or images of Ham Hill in the past to help the team piece together the fascinating past of this site”.

Join the ranger team from 11am in the large flat fields at Ham Hill Country Park for the fayre. Take the opportunity to visit the archaeological dig opposite the fayre to see the fabulous finds from this year’s excavations as the team spend their last few weeks on site.

Parking is available in the usual gravel car parks at Ham Hill with extra event parking in one of the flat fields, follow signs once on site. If you can car share or walk from the local villages please do.

More information on the Fayre and other events led by the Country Park Rangers can be found on www.southsomersetcountryside.com . You can also follow the ranger team on twitter @SSDCCountryside.

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