Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon re-enactment

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

  • 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 back to the time when the treasures of Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard were made. Discover how some of the objects would have been constructed through talks, live demonstrations and displays of reproduction treasures. Craft demonstrations will include plant-dyeing, mail-making, weaving, and cooking. Join them for performances of song and verse, along with early medieval boardgames.

Activities on the 28 and 29 May are:

10.45 - 11 and 1.45 - 2: Hordcræft, at the camp. How was the Staffordshire Hoard jewellery made? Short talk & live demonstration of a jewellery technique used to decorate the famous helmets.

11.30 - 11.45 and 2.45 - 3: Hearpe and Wordhord, at the ship sculpture. Voices of the Hoard-makers, heard through some of the earliest Old English poetry, accompanied by the Anglo-Saxon harp.

12.45 - 1.05 and 4.15 - 4.35: Wundru Wæpen-Wigan (Wonders of Warriors), at the camp. Unveiling two spectacular warrior treasures & exploring what they reveal about the early Anglo-Saxons and their world.

Thegns of Mercia will be joining us from Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 May and Saturday 27 - Monday 29 August.

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 (weekdays only until 26 March)
Gift Aid Standard
Per vehicle N/A £6.00
Whole site (daily from 26 March)
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £16.50 £15.00
Child £8.30 £7.50
Family £41.30 £37.50
1 adult, 2 children £24.80 £22.50
Group Adult N/A £14.25
Group Child N/A £7.10

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...

For anyone wishing to visit from Saturday 2 April, please pre-book your tickets to Sutton Hoo to guarantee entry. For more info and to book tickets, please visit our: ‘What you need to know' page.

The basics

Suitability
Children are very welcome at this event
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
After seeing the Visitor Welcome team 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

Contact Info

Name
Sutton Hoo
Email
suttonhoo@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01394 389700

Upcoming events

Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon re-enactment

Sat 28 May 2022
10:00-17:00
Step back over 1000 years in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon life as we welcome Thegns of Mercia for a weekend full of living history.

Gruesome Graves

Tue 31 May 2022
13:00-14:00
Take our free family tour to discover gruesome stories we've had to leave out of our 'normal' tours ...

Sae Wylfings: Anglo-Saxon re-enactment

Sat 04 Jun 2022
10:00-17:00
Take a step back in time with the Sae Wylfing Anglo-Saxon re-enactment group as they set up camp for the weekend.

Forest Bathing at Sutton Hoo

Sun 12 Jun 2022
08:00-10:00
Relax, unwind and immerse yourself in nature by joining one of our forest bathing sessions.

Little Hoo-ligans Parent & Toddler Group

Tue 14 Jun 2022
10:30-12:00
Bring you little ones along to Sutton Hoo's parent and toddler group, Little Hoo-ligans.

Ramble with the Ranger

Fri 22 Jul 2022
13:00-14:00
Take a ramble with our Ranger, Jonathan, and see Sutton Hoo from a different perspective, exploring the different wildlife that calls this special place home.