Cræftiga: The Sutton Hoo Festival of Craftsmanship

Synonymous with skill, “cræft”; the art of the “cræftiga” (meaning craftsman), is not only a word but a love that we have inherited from the Anglo-Saxons.

Sutton Hoo belt buckle detail

On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016, we will be hosting for the second year running ‘Cræftiga: The Sutton Hoo Festival of Craftsmanship.’ The festival seeks to celebrate not only the Sutton Hoo treasures and Anglo-Saxon craftspeople, but also the legacy of craft and modern craftspeople skilled in these traditional techniques.

There will be a whole spectrum of different craftspeople taking part in the festival to include woodworkers, spinners and weavers, the Sæ Wylfing Sutton Hoo replica ship, metalworkers, potters, scribes and illuminators, an appearance from King Rædwald and much, much more.

Get a close up look at our master crafted replicas at Out of the Case; an informal talk and handling session, which will be taking place between 1:30pm and 2:30pm on both days of the festival in our Exhibition Hall.

Craft your own piece of Anglo-Saxon jewellery by making an Anglo-Saxon brooch at our Arts and Crafts table and take part in our Saxon Crafts Trail in order to discover more about the skills of Anglo-Saxon craftspeople and the objects that they left behind.

Come and join us for this very special weekend; discover and be inspired.

Cræftiga: The Sutton Hoo Festival of Craftsmanship

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016

10:30am- 5:00pm

Normal admission applies