There is so much going on at Hengistbury Head - what will you discover?

Covid-19 update

Many events and activities due to run at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve have been postponed until further notice.

Please join us on social media for all our other news and visitor guidance:

Any events that are going ahead are listed below: 

Monday 15 February 2021

Ancient pottery making: perfect for all ages 

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10:30am. Click here to join the presentation on zoom via Bournemouth University

Here is a short video preview of the event

Due to positive feedback from our last virtual pottery session and the lovely pots that were made, we are running this session again! The prehistoric pottery session is an opportunity to explore the different techniques, which were used by ancient potters for over 5,000 years to turn clay into pottery.

This technology precipitated from the shift of hunter gatherer-led communities into sedentary farming communities with the development of agriculture. It still surrounds us today in the ceramic mugs and plates we all have in our kitchens and even the bricks with which our houses are built.

We ask that everyone dries and stores their pots so we can create a stockpile to fire in our experimental area in March. The session will take place on zoom at the link provided above.

Get your pottery pack

We will prepare pottery packs to send out to you (or ask you to collect) during this lockdown. Please get in contact with Hayden if you would like to attend.

Please note: There is a limited number of packs of clay so please reply as soon as possible. 

This event is part of the Performing the Past project which aims to engage local people in local archaeology, focused around the well-used but little known site of Hengistbury Head. 

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Virtual archaeology walk and ancient pottery on the beach: perfect for all ages

10.30am - 12.00pm. Led by Mark Holloway and Hayden Scott-Pratt

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On the 23 February 2021 we plan to do our second archaeology walk across Hengistbury Head.  Walking in the footsteps of our ancestors way back 12,000 years ago, we will stream the walk live to Facebook so anyone can join us virtually. 

We will visit the site of the Stone Age hunter-gatherers who camped here some 9000 years ago and walk the Iron Age beach where boats from the continent were pulled up loaded with wine, olives and luxury goods from Italy.  Hopefully we will find some sherds of ancient pottery from 2000 years ago left behind by these Iron Age people.

Please join us on Facebook live here.



Why not get the most from your visit to Hengistbury Head and join in with one of our events? There really is something for everyone, from birdwatching for beginners, to creative writing for adults, pond-dipping and arty crafty events for children.

Some events require booking ahead, and others are open events that you can just come along to.

Temporary Exhibitions

We have a programme of temporary exhibitions too, all related to the topics we love at Hengistbury - geography, archaeology, local history, art and much more.

Find out what's on display in our Upstairs Gallery inside the Visitor Centre.

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