The National Trust is holding a day of history activities at the foot of Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve, near Child Okeford on 20 September, to celebrate this very dramatic Dorset hill fort.
Activities for all ages will run between 11 am and 4pm on the day, all centred on the thousands of years of human occupation linked with the hill.
The Ancient Wessex Network’s Neolithic and Bronze Age encampment will take visitors back in time, they will be able to find out about flint knapping with Ancient Craft, get hands-on with Iron Age activities run by the Ancient Technology Centre and find out about Hambledon’s links with the English Civil War with Pike & Shot.
There will also be a chance to take part in the Hambledon Time Trail, looking for clues that will lead back in time on a journey from the bottom to the top of the hill itself. There will be plenty of chances to tick off some of the activities on the National Trust’s list of ’50 things to do before you’re 11 & 3/4‘, including of course, climbing a big hill. There will also be an opportunity to join guided walks led by the National Trust’s knowledgeable staff.
Clive Whitbourn, National Trust Ranger for Hambledon, hopes the day will attract people who may not know about this historical and wildlife rich gem. “Whether it’s history of the hill that people are curious about, an interest in living history and archaeology, or simply a desire to explore this stunning National Nature Reserve, the day promises to provide something for everyone.”
For more information visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hambledon-hill/