Pottery, stories and archery fun for all

Children on half term enjoy the activities on offer at the Saxon Village at West Stow country park. ''FL; Imogan Ryan, 4 makes a Saxon pendant out of clay with her sister Eva Ryan, 6.
Children on half term enjoy the activities on offer at the Saxon Village at West Stow country park. ''FL; Imogan Ryan, 4 makes a Saxon pendant out of clay with her sister Eva Ryan, 6.

CHILDREN had a taste of discovering the fascinating world of archaeology as they dug out old pottery and bones in a mini-dig during an activity day for families at West Stow Country Park.

Two sessions were staged in the Easter holidays and last Thursday families enjoyed the mini-dig where genuine artifacts,including pottery and animal bones were buried to be discovered in a dig-style hands on activity. This was led by experimental archaeologist Mary-Ellen Crothers.

There was also an opportunity for people to try their hand at pottery. Youngsters were able to make their own Saxon pendants, pots and tablets. Archery was also enjoyed, led by professional fletcher Ken Robbins and there was storytelling from this year’s Suffolk Chief Skald, Malcolm Busby.

There was also a tour of the Anglo Saxon village. The activity days will be continued throughout school holiday periods. Entry through the Heritage Ticket enable people free access to West Stow and Moyse’s Hall Museum for a year.