Come along to our Open Day this Saturday!

This Saturday 25th June we will be welcoming the public once again for our annual Open Day! Come along for a fun-filled day of archaeology and activities. There is something for every age and lots to do and learn for the whole family.

Young visitors learn to use an Iron Age quern
Young visitors learn to use an Iron Age quern

From 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, we have lots of fun and interesting things to see and do, including:

  • Guided tours of the excavation
  • Ipplepen Carnival Club tea tent
  • The chance to see our finds from this year’s excavation in the finds tent
  • The British Museum and Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Dr. Sam Moorhead, Roman Coin expert
  • County Archaeologist Bill Horner
  • Aisling Tuohy on horses in the Iron Age
  • and back again this year by popular demand is the hand-made Egyptian food!

And bringing the archaeology to life in our ‘Living section, we have three amazing re-enactor groups!

  • The Vicus (Roman)
  • Isca Romans (Roman)
  • Dumnonika (Iron Age)
Romans on the road!
Romans on the road!

Come and experience what life would have been like in Ipplepen during the Iron Age and Roman periods with us. You can also get hands-on with history by learning how to make your own clay pots with supervisor Mandy and Exeter University student Reyhanne.

We have marquees for all weather shelter and a tea tent, refreshments and outdoor toilets. The site will be signposted on the day from the pertrol garage on the A381 (Newton Abbot to Totnes road)- please follow the green signs. It promises to be a great day for all! We look forward to welcoming you on site and showing you around!

A tour group on the 2015 Open Day
A tour group on the 2015 Open Day

If you are unavailable on Saturday, you can come along to our Information Hub at Ipplepen Methodist Church, Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 4:15 pm until June 30th.

Keep following for more updates, we look forward to seeing you soon!


A Big Thank You

Thank you to all of the (nearly) 1000 visitors to the site today and around 450 visitors to the Hub. It was amazing to see so much interest in the site. The Hub was fit to burst at times and the site saw a constant flow of eager enthusiasts. We have had some really helpful feedback too, so another thank you goes to all who took the time to fill in a visitor survey. We look forward to seeing you all back at next year’s Open Day. Work will continue on site tomorrow, starting the final week of the season, and the Hub will be open as usual; opening times and location are listed on the blog.

Thank you all once again from all involved at the Ipplepen Archaeological Project.

Day Eighteen

Yes the time has finally come! It is the Ipplepen Archaeological Project Site Open Day Today! Visit us at both the Ipplepen Community Hub and at the actual Archaeological site free of charge from 11:00-16:00 on site and 12:30-16:00 at the Hub.

It is already looking to be a beautiful day, so why not make it that much more special with a glimpse back into Devon’s past!