Greenacre Place, Touring Caravan Park and Holiday Cottage, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

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Where to go and what to do in Somerset - The Peat Moors Visitor Centre

A visit to the Peat Moors Centre is the perfect opportunity to fire the imagination of both young and old. Travel back in time to prehistoric Somerset and discover first hand how our ancient ancestors made their homes in the centre of an extensive wetland.

Three full size reconstructions of Iron Age roundhouses have been created to give an insight into living conditions the unique Glastonbury Lake Village. Life in the Lake Villages has been described as ‘industrious and fairly civilised’ and you can experience this for yourself as you soak up the domestic atmosphere sitting by the roundhouse fire. Outside the chance to get stuck in at wattling and daubing is an opportunity few children will want to miss, so be prepared for them to get dirty!

Regular craft and living history demonstrations take place most weekends – see our programme for details – or why not gain a deeper insight by joining one of our short courses to learn an ancient technology. Throughout the year the ancient quarter days are marked with exciting events; The ‘Beltane Gathering’ of tribal re-enactors at the beginning of May, the ‘Lughnasa Skills Fair’, full of craft demonstrations in early August, and the season finale of the burning of a wicker man at the annual ‘Samhain’ event at the end of October.

For over a hundred years archaeologists have been exploring the peatlands for treasure revealed by peat extraction-prehistoric wood! Preserved for centuries in the wet ground, these discoveries have allowed us to also create reconstructions of some of the locally unearthed prehistoric wetland walkways, including the world famous Sweet Track, the oldest man-made road in Britain. An insight into the work of pioneering archaeologists Arthur Bulleid and Harold St. George Gray is provided by their original site hut.
Woodworking at the Peat Moors Centre.


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