Blast from the Past: Music Day

28/08/2023, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Avalon Archaeology
Blast from the Past: Music Day

What did a Roman war horn sound like as it echoed through the trees? How does the plucking of lyre string fill a Saxon longhall? Hear the sounds of the past recreated with replica instruments at Avalon Archaeology, with timed performances of the Carnyx, Cornus and Lyre. If you play an ancient instrument, why not bring it along and see how it sounds in our unique setting.

During your visit, you can explore an Iron-Age roundhouse under construction, a richly decorated Roman dining room, an Anglo-Saxon longhall, and a waterline replica of a Viking ship. Filled with handcrafted furniture and art, you will immerse yourself in thousands of years of heritage and discover the detective work behind its recreation.

The price includes free re-entry to the site during regular opening hours for 2023.
What’s nearby
After your visit, you can make use of the Avalon Marshes Centre, Marshes Hub Tea Stop and the Somerset Crafts gallery. You can also journey onto Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve and see replica wooden prehistoric trackway.
Unfortunately, we do not allow dogs into the site except for assistance dogs. Dogs are welcome in the wider Avalon Marshes Centre and must be kept on a short lead at all times. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the main area of Shapwick Heath, which is the closest nature reserve to the site.
More Information
Please contact us at if you want to discuss special requirements. Go to for more details, or visit our blog the see the latest work of our dedicated volunteers at

Key information


The entry price includes free re-entry to the site during regular opening hours for 2023.

Adult £5.00, Concession* £3.00, Family (1 adult + up to 4 children) £7.00, Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) £12.00, Child (aged 5-17) £3.00, Child (under 5) and Carers Free. *Concessions include over 60s, students and those receiving benefits.


Monday 28 August, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Avalon Archaeology


No booking is required, entry tickets can be purchased on the day at Welcome Hut.


The reconstructed buildings are accessible but feature some uneven gravel surfaces and narrow spaces that may make turning in larger electric wheelchairs difficult. A manual wheelchair is available on site for visitors to loan if there are issues. Generally, light levels may be lower than you may be used to in modern buildings, and visitors are welcome to use a torch. Visit the Avalon Archaeology website for more information about accessibility.


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