Every year – for more than 25 years – around 6,000 children have visited Castell Henllys to see, smell and touch life in an Iron Age village through role play and activities.

We at Castell Henllys have been busy renewing and adapting our school experiences to comply with new Covid-19 rules and guidelines. See below our new experiences.

Daily Life in the Iron Age – The Digital Experience

If you cannot come to us then we will use modern day technology to time-travel to you. With this digital experience you will receive access to a 15min film that takes your class back in time to see what daily life in the Iron Age was like. After watching the film the class will have an hour video conferencing session with one of the villagers who will teach them the way of the Iron Age warrior; show off their Iron Age treasures; play the ‘Boasting Game’ and hold a question and answer session.

Cost of session- £60 (+VAT).

If you would like to book more than one session for your school (for example for different classes) then consecutive sessions will be charged at half the price.

Session duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

Daily Life in the Iron Age – Visiting the Site

Come and enjoy this exciting and immersive learning experience. Travel back in time with our costumed interpreters who will teach your school group all about the Iron Age way of life in a fun, entertaining and memorable way through talks, demonstrations, activities and games. We also run sessions on the Romans, Stone Age and a Literary and Language session based on the Mabinogion.

For more information about our experiences and the safety measures we have put in place to allow school groups to safely visit the site in a manner that is compliant with current Covid-19 guidelines, please see the attached Site Visit Information document and School Visit Risk Assessment.

Cost: £4.50 (plus VAT) per child.

Duration: 10.30am-2pm.

Under current regulations we can only take maximum of 60 pupils per session.

Please for more information about these sessions below.

Title of Session

Content

Experience the Iron Age

Suitable for Foundation and KS2

 

Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours with lunch break but can be modified to fit school timings.

 

Taught sessions by our costumed interpreters where the pupils are taken back in time to the Iron Age.

 

Activities and demonstrations include:

-Roundhouse building

-Warrior training

-Iron Age cooking

– The Chieftain’s Treasures (the art of storytelling and bragging).

 

 

Ransacking Romans

Suitable for Foundation, KS2 and KS3

 

Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours with lunch break but can be modified to fit school timings.

Taught sessions by our costumed interpreters where the pupils are taken back in time to the Romano-British period.

 

Activities and demonstrations include:

– Roman combat training

-Clay pot making

– Roman cooking

– Celtic warrior training

Stone Age Skills

Suitable for KS2 and KS3

 

Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours but can be modified to fit school timings

Taught sessions by our costumed interpreters where the pupils are taken back in time to the Stone Age.

 

Activities and demosntrations include:

-Rope making from natural fibres

-Foraging

-Spear throwing

-Fire starting.

Language and Literature: The Mabinogi

Suitable for KS3 and KS4 and Adult Welsh learner groups.

 

Duration: Approx. 2.5hours but can be modified to fit school timings.

Taught sessions by our costumed interpreters where groups are transported to Iron Age/Dark Age Wales.

 

 

Activities and demonstrations include:

-Storytelling performance of a selection of stories from the Mabinogion and other ancient welsh texts

– Welsh in the landscape- Looking how language is used to describe and name the surrounding landscape with a discussion of the Cad Goddeu (Battle of the Trees) and a tree identification activity.

-The Chieftain’s Treasures (the art of storytelling and bragging).

 

Free School Resources

You can download the Castell Henllys App for free from our website onto school iPads.

The app includes an array of facts, games and video clips about the site and the Iron Age.

We are also compiling more free school resources that include fact sheets, challenge booklet, classroom activity sheets and images which will also be available on our website shortly.

For more information about these experiences please email us on enquiries@castellhenllys.com or call us on 01239891319.