Festival of Archaeology at Woolsthorpe

hands with trowels digging in sand

Explore Woolsthorpe like never before, as we take part in the Festival of Archaeology this July. From the 16-18 July, we will be unearthing the history of the field next to the Manor and hosting archaeological activities.

Archaeology enables us to reveal the histories of the special places we care for and helps us to continue telling the stories of the people who lived here, for everyone, for ever.

Woolsthorpe Manor Field Survey

We are working with members of the South Witham Archaeology group to undertake a geophysical survey of the field next to the Manor. This field is thought to be the location of Newton’s mother’s house!

This survey will help us to begin unearthing the history of Newton’s mother and provide us with even more special stories about this place.

Walk in the footsteps of Isaac Newton
Woolsthorpe Manor house in summer
Walk in the footsteps of Isaac Newton

Get hands-on

Join us on the 16 – 18 July, 11 – 5pm, to discover what is happening and get involved with hands-on archaeological activities for families.

There’s plenty to get involved with, whether you’re playing ‘rot or not’, or reconstructing replica broken pots, everyone can be a National Trust archaeologist for the day.

Please bring suitable footwear, if you would like to go into the field to see the surveying up close. 

Local Community Day

The Festival of Archaeology provides the perfect opportunity to discover the heritage that is on your doorstep. Join us for free on Tuesday 19 July from 11am – 4pm, for our Local Community Day. Get up close and personal with the field survey happening on site or try your hand at the archaeological activities.

This event is for the local community only.

Festival of Archaeology

This annual festival runs from the 16 - 31 July and encourages everyone to discover more about the heritage on your doorstep by getting involved with local events. Find out more here.

Property admission to Woolsthorpe Manor applies. National Trust members visit free. For entry to the Manor House, please pre-book your tickets online to guarantee entry.

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Book your visit

Entry to the Manor House is by pre-booked tours only. You do not need to book to visit the orchard or Science Centre. Book here or call 0344 249 1895.