Since the time when the ice receded and ‘the great mere’ formed, people have lived around the marshy margins of the widest lake in England. Still at sea level, the only wild areas today are at Martin Mere and Mere Sands Wood (Rufford).
We have begun to reconstruct the life of ancient peoples by building four Celtic roundhouses using authentic techniques and local materials, including manure from our very own Old English long-horn cattle, for daubing the wattle walls.
Time-travellers can be involved in foraging for edible and medicinal plants, cooking, weapons-training, felt-making and weaving. You can see how our ancestors made fire, cooked bread and smoked fish, produced wooden tools and musical instruments and told stories.
We are currently fundraising to build a Saxon hall and safe access to the village so it can become a year-round, all-weather facility. Please support our bid by telling us if you would like to visit the roundhouse village!