Games and Gaming Day

03/09/2023, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Avalon Archaeology
Games and Gaming Day

Have a go at playing board games from the past in the atmospheric setting of a Saxon longhall. Learn how to play games such as Chess, Hnefatafl, Ludus, Nine Men’s Morris and Ur on replica boards. Our team will guide you through the rules and help you game like a Roman, Saxon or Viking!

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.
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.
More Information
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Key information


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

Adult £5.00, Concession* £3.00, Family (1 adult + up to 4 children) £7.00, Family (2 adult + 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.


Sunday 3 September, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Avalon Archaeology at the Avalon Marshes Centre


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


South West Heritage Trust