Summer fun at the Hoo!

Thegns of Mercia at Sutton Hoo

If you're ready to get into the great outdoors for some family adventures this summer, there's plenty to get stuck into at Sutton Hoo. We've put a few of our favourite fun things to do below to help you plan your day.

Gruesome Graves family tours
Sat 3, 10, 17, 24 August, Sun 4, 11, 18, 25 August 1.00 - 2.00pm
Mon 2, Tues 3 September 1.00 - 2.00pm

For young visitors who like things that make you go ‘eeuuuggh’, our Gruesome Graves tours are the perfect way to soak in some of Sutton Hoo’s horrible history. You’ll explore some of the grisly medieval burials discovered here and learn about the less pleasant aspects of life as a young Anglo-Saxon. Free with site admission.

Family Anglo-Saxon craft workshops
Pottery- Tues 30 July, 6, 20 August 1.30 - 2.30pm
Weaving- Thurs 1, 15, 29 August 11.30 - 12.30
Purse Making- Thurs 8, 22 August 11.30 – 12.30
Jewellery Making- Tues 13, 27 August 1.30 – 2.30pm

Learn how to craft like an Anglo-Saxon with our family workshops. Be inspired by some of the objects unearthed at Sutton Hoo to create your own items from pots through to jewellery and textile masterpieces! 
£1.50 per child, please book via our website.


Purse Making:

Jewellery Making:

Sutton Hoo Roadshow
Daily from 10.00am – 5.00pm
We’re still hard at work transforming the site. The revamped Exhibition Hall and Tranmer House are expected to open in late summer. Our roadshow will bring you a flavour of some of the fantastic work that has been achieved so far, and the exciting developments still to come. Take the opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the replica artefacts, along with family activities including plenty of dressing up! Free with site admission.

Ramble with the Ranger
Mon 29 July, 5, 12, 19, 26 Aug 1.00 – 2.00pm
Enjoy a guided walk, sometimes off the beaten track, and see Sutton Hoo in a new light. Jonathan will point out who lives in a dray and who drills holes in trees with just their beaks.
Whether you're a nature lover or just have a passing interest, Jonathan will bring the site to life through the animals and birds who make Sutton Hoo their home.
Free with site admission- please book your place with our Visitor Welcome team on arrival. 

Wilderness Workshops
Foraging and Natural Navigation- Friday 19 August 10.30am – 1.30pm (minimum age 10 years)
Axe Throwing- Friday 23 August 10.30am – 4.30pm (minimum age 10 years)
Spoon Carving- Monday 16 September 10.30am – 3.30pm (minimum age 14 years)

Join the experts from Back to Wilderness for a series of wilderness workshops this summer. They are a fantastic opportunity to go on an adventure, learn all about wilderness living, and connect with nature in the same way the Anglo-Saxons did. For more information and booking details please click here:

Foraging and Natural Navigation with Back to Wilderness
Foraging and Natural Navigation
Foraging and Natural Navigation with Back to Wilderness

Outdoor Theatre: Edith in the Beginning
Sat 24, Sun 25, Mon 26 August 7.30 – 9.10pm
Join Stuff of Dreams for a very special, outdoor theatre production staged at Sutton Hoo. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric landscape and hear the fascinating life story of Edith Pretty, the woman famously linked to the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasure. Booking essential:

Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon re-enactment
Sat 31 August, Sun 1 September 10.00am - 5.00pm
We’ll be ending the summer holidays with another fantastic living history session with Thegns of Mercia. They will be setting up camp for the whole weekend transporting us into the world of Anglo-Saxon England, with live talks, storytelling, poetry, music, weaving and cooking.

Thegns of Mercia at Sutton Hoo
Thegns of Mercia at Sutton Hoo
Thegns of Mercia at Sutton Hoo

Feeling peckish?
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
King’s River Café will be serving a tasty range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, hot meals and plenty of homemade scones and cakes.
Grab a drink to keep you fuelled on your adventures before finishing up with an early lunch for little ones, with hot food served from 11.30am – 2.30pm. 

Tasty Treats in King's River Cafe
Tasty treats in King's River Cafe
Tasty Treats in King's River Cafe

Shopping inspired by special places
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
There are plenty of pocket money pieces to add value to your summer adventures available from the shop. Why not pick up a pair of binoculars, or a bug pot to get closer to nature? 
Inspired by the vistas found here? Pick up some art supplies to create a lasting memory. Why not share it with us on social media? Use the hashtag #SuttonHoo.
Every purchase you make helps us look after this special place.

Discover unique collections in the Sutton Hoo shop
Unique collections in the Sutton Hoo shop
Discover unique collections in the Sutton Hoo shop