Topping out Ceremony for new Iron Age Roundhouse

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Flag Fen, The Droveway, Peterborough, PE6 7QJ

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A reception filled with venders House of Feasts selling their award-winning food and live music from local folk band, Pennyless, it's an event you don't want to miss!

About the event

1st October / 11am - 6.30pm

Join us for the Topping out Ceremony, when the final piece will be placed on top of the new Iron Age Roundhouse by our guest of honour, Francis Pryor MBE, archaeologist and discoverer of Flag Fen.

Enjoy an afternoon of festivities, live entertainment and award-winning food & drink from House of Feasts! (Food & drink not included in ticket price)

The event will include:

- Fire and costumed explainers in the Bronze Age Roundhouse
- Learn more about how the roundhouse was built
- Ouse Washes Molly Dancers
- The placing of the final cap on the Roundhouse
- Official opening ceremony by Francis Pryor MBE
- Live music from local folk band, Pennyless
- A bar and a range of hot food available from venders The House of Feasts (Not included in ticket price)


Learn more about the build:

Work began on building a new Iron Age style Roundhouse on May 2nd this year. The build was based on an actual Iron Age Roundhouse that was discovered at Cats Water, next to Flag Fen, during an archaeological excavation during the 1980’s.

The final stage of the roundhouse build is to complete the thatch roof by capping it with a cone made out of hazel and reed. The cap will be lowered on to the roof during the 'Topping out Ceremony'. Francis Pryor (the archaeologist who discovered Flag Fen in the 1980’s) will oversee the capping and officially open the completed Roundhouse.

A number of organisations have donated money to enable us to supplement our own Flag Fen coppiced willow, with the extra materials that we needed to build the house. Thanks go to, The Arts Council England- Museums and School project, The Francis and Maisey Pryor Charitable Trust and Tyrrell’s builders.

We were lucky to be supported by a number of dedicated volunteers who consistently joined our small team to help weave the walls, bundle the water reeds, thatch and daube the structure. Our expert builder was David Freeman, Flag Fen's Assistant General Manager, who learnt his skill at Butser Ancient Farm by building many experimental pre-historic houses over the last 50 years - a total beginner at first, now a bit of an expert!

Guide Prices

Adult - £10.00
Child - £5.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children) - £25.00

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Opening Times

11am-6.30pm (1 Oct 2022)

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