Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon reenactment

Step back over 1000 years in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon life as we host Thegns of Mercia for a weekend full of reenactment.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Step back in time with Thegns of Mercia as they transform Sutton Hoo into an Anglo-Saxon settlement and take us into the world of Beowulf, with live performances, storytelling, poetry, music, weaving and cooking.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Sutton Hoo

Prices

Estate walks, shop and café until 30th June
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £3.90 £3.50
Child £2.00 £1.75
Family £10.00 £8.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £1.75
Whole property from 30th June
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.85 £13.50
Child £7.45 £6.75
Family £37.15 £33.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £12.80
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.40

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

We will be opening in stages throughout the spring and summer as the major transformation project continues. The Royal Burial Ground, estate walks, shop and café are all now open. The Exhibition Hall and Tranmer House will be opening late in the summer. Please continue to check the website for updates

The basics

Suitability
Children are very welcome at this event
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
After seeing Reception for your admission, explore the site and discover the Anglo-Saxon encampment.
What to bring and wear
Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and foot wear.
Accessibility
Wheelchair accessible
Other
On each day there will also be special performances as follows: 12:00- An abridged performance of the first third of Beowulf in front of the ship sculpture. 13:30- A telling of the middle section of Beowulf alongside a display and handling session with replica war gear and weaponry by the Court. 15:00- A performance of the final section of Beowulf, including the funeral, at the Royal Burial Ground.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
25 May 2019 10:00 - 17:00 Available
26 May 2019 10:00 - 17:00 Available
27 May 2019 10:00 - 17:00 Available

Upcoming events

Archaeology Live - Geophysics

Fri 24 May 2019
14:00-17:00
Help us scan Sutton Hoo and build a better picture of what lays deep beneath the soil.

Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon reenactment

Sat 25 May 2019
10:00-17:00
Step back over 1000 years in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon life as we host Thegns of Mercia for a weekend full of reenactment.

Gruesome Graves

Tue 28 May 2019
13:00-14:00
Take our free family tour to discover gruesome stories we've had to leave out of our 'normal' tours ...

Foraging and Natural Navigation

Mon 10 Jun 2019
13:00-16:00
Discover more about the natural resources that surround us and forage like an Anglo-Saxon with Back to Wilderness.

Summer Solstice -Wulfheodenas: Anglo-Saxon reenactment

Sat 22 Jun 2019
10:00-17:00
Step back over 1000 years in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon life at this evocative time of year as Wulfheodenas set up camp for a weekend full of reenactment

Outdoor Theatre: Edith in the Beginning

Sat 24 Aug 2019
19:30-21:10
Edith Pretty is famously linked to the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasure. But there was so much more to this remarkable woman.