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Anglo Saxon Weekend

Prittlewell Priory
11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Get ready for a very Saxon summer, our annual Anglo Saxon Weekend is back and better than ever!

Travel back in time and wander through the living Anglo Saxon re-enactment camp for combat displays, traditional textile, medicine and cooking demonstrations, and try your hand at axe throwing to see if you have what it takes to be an Anglo Saxon warrior for the kingdom of Essex!

Fly by the falconry tent to visit Imperial Bird Academy and a few of their feathered friends, to find out how Anglo Saxons used birds of prey to help with hunting.

Spend some time in the tent of tales for some lively, traditional storytelling, a popular Anglo Saxon pastime, proving that good stories are truly timeless, before exploring the weekend’s other family friendly games and activities around the grounds.

Unearth the secrets of Saxon Southend in the archaeology tent, hear how archaeologists discovered one of the most important Anglo Saxon finds ever made in Britain just outside the park, and get stuck in yourself (literally!) to see what you can find.

Pop inside the Priory and follow the activity trail around the house to learn how the site transformed from the small Anglo Saxon settlement that founded what would eventually become Southend, to medieval monastery, then Victorian family home and finally into the museum of today. While in the house, make sure to also visit the makers market in the refectory with craft stalls from local artists and small businesses.

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