Saxon Summer at Sutton Hoo

The Sutton Hoo Café in the summer sun

Explore the traditions of the past with a Saxon Summer at Sutton Hoo. Throughout the long, warm summer months we’ve got a full range of activities and events for you to enjoy. Starting with an Anglo-Saxon celebration of the summer solstice, to a unique sponsored ‘rowathon’ event, help us unlock the future of Sutton Hoo. Surrounded by beautiful countryside from the woods, fields and the river Deben and enriched by history everywhere you look, what better place to spend the summer days of 2017.

Summer Solstice Weekend; Saturday 17 June – Sunday 18 June

The Summer Solstice was a major celebration for the Anglo-Saxons, so come and celebrate it with us in style. Throughout the weekend, experience the solstice as the Anglo-Saxons might have as you travel back to the seventh century. 

Join re-enactment group, Wulfheodenas and discover what Anglo-Saxon life might have been like from how they lived to how they fought.

Watch a birds of prey flying display, with a chance to meet these wonderful birds after.

Discover the Sae Wylfing, a half-length replica of the Sutton Hoo ship and learn all about the sea-faring ways of these nautical travellers.

Meet Claire Osborn, children’s author of historical fiction with readings from her books and signings.

We will also have two Out of the Case handling sessions running for you to come and hear all about our amazing replicas.

Sun setting over the river Deben in front of Sutton Hoo
Sun setting over the river Deben in front of Sutton Hoo

Grunal Moneta; Monday 10 July – Friday 18 August

Come and discover the skills of the coin smith! Meet the coin smith, Grunal Moneta every day from the 10th July to 18th August. Find out how hammered coins are made with a fully functioning forge set up on site. Discover the type and styles of Anglo-Saxon coins and the wonderful designs they included on them. You might even have a chance to have a go at striking coins yourself. 

Various other visiting craftspeople will also be on site during this period on occasional days. 

Coin Smith at Sutton Hoo
Coin Smith at Sutton Hoo


Trade and Travel; Saturday 19 August – Sunday 10 September

Discover the wider international world of the Anglo-Saxon age. Follow the stories of the objects through the journeys they may have taken before being buried at Sutton Hoo. Find out more about what they can tell us about the links the Anglo-Saxons had with the wider world in this temporary exhibition around the Sae Wylfing replica ship.


Rowathon; Saturday 19 August – Monday 28 August

Help us row (on rowing machines!) the 1800 miles from Scandinavia to East Anglia – the believed route and distance the Anglo-Saxon settlers may have taken – as we raise money for exciting new changes taking place in the near future. Taking place in our courtyard, we will have three rowing machines set-up, generously donated to us by Deben Rowing Club, recording the distance rowed on each. We’re hoping to reach 600 sponsored miles on each machine.

Sign up on the day to take part!

Sutton Hoo deckchairs in the sun
Sutton Hoo deckchairs in the sun

Thegns of Mercia; Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August

Come and discover the world of the Anglo-Saxons this August Bank Holiday. We’re being joined by re-enactment group, Thegns of Mercia, as they set up camp at Sutton Hoo, showing you just how the Anglo-Saxons would have lived and worked in the seventh century.


Out Of The Case; Sunday 16 July and Sunday 20 August, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Get a close up look at our fantastic collection of Sutton Hoo replica treasures at an informal talk and handling session in our Exhibition Hall. Made by master craftsmen using authentic techniques, our replicas show us what the treasures would have looked like 1400 years ago.

Join experts as they discuss each item in detail before getting a chance to handle some of these wonderful items yourselves.