Public Events

Wessex Archaeology: Digging For Erlestoke

Family Friendly Community Day

Sunday 2 June 2024, 11am-3pm

Digging For Erlestoke is Wessex Archaeology’s wellbeing project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

In 1963 a small-scale archaeological excavation took place on the site of HMP Erlestoke when it was a different institution. During this dig items were found dating back to the Bronze Age.

Sixty years on, prisoners and Wessex Archaeology specialists have been working together to discover more. Their activity has been focused on the area south of the former 18th Century manor house now occupied by the prison Education Centre. 

Join staff from Wessex Archaeology at Found Outdoors - bordering the prison - to hear more about the project, meet some of the archaeologists who led the dig and find out about the archaeology and history of the local area.

The day's timetable includes:
11:00am Start
11:30 - Mesolithic Talk
           - Guided walk
13:30 - Mesolithic talk
           - Guided walk
15:00 End

All Day Drop-in sessions and stands:
Ruth Yoxon - archaeological collection and children’s activities
Sue Martin - archaeology art sessions for all
Steve & Eva – the archaeologists who carried out the dig at the prison

There will be complimentary hot and cold drinks available on the day. Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch with you.

Tickets from £5. Under 18s are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Advance booking required - tickets will not be for sale on the gate.
  • On site parking is limited - please book a parking ticket (free) if you are travelling by car.
  • This is a dog free site - however assistance dogs are welcome.

book tickets here



Past events

Vibes and Minds Day Retreat

Thursday, 10 August, 10am - 4pm

Imbolc Celebration 2023

Thursday 2 February, 3-5pm
Location: Found Outdoors
Event Leader: Sue Judge

Greensand Residency Film Premier

Thursday 27th October, 7pm
Location: online

Greensand One Day Residency

Artist Call Out

Date: 6 July 2022, 9:30am - 5pm
Location: Found Outdoors, Great Cheverell SN10 5TW
Fee: £0
No. of places: 10 maximum

Vibes and Minds Day Retreat

Saturday 21 May, 10am - 4pm

Volunteer Day - Tree Guards

Saturday 26 March, 10:30am - 4:30pm

INCH BY INCH Exhibition

Saturday 11 September, 11am - 4pm