Eastbourne’s Pavilion invites all ages to come and experience Bronze Age Life in a brand new all day event on Saturday (23 July), which features as part of the long running exhibition Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery.
The free event will include a fascinating line up of interactive demonstrations, interesting exhibitions and fun craft activities, giving visitors a real taste of what life was like over 3,000 years ago.
Just outside of the current exhibition visitors can explore Bronze Age cookery to see how food would have been made back then, as demonstrated by the Heritage Eastbourne’s Heritage Officer Katherine Buckland. Visitors can expect to see replicas of Bronze Age cooking implements, with the likes of homemade stew and cheese on the menu. Audiences will also learn a feast of fun facts about the Bronze Age diet, and whether it is similar to how we eat today.
From food to shoes! Visitors can get creative and try their hand at shoe making with felt, whilst learning about Bronze Age fashion. Families and friends are welcome to keep their homemade shoes as a souvenir of the experience.
Throughout the day, guests to the festival can get to grips with flint making too! Grant, resident flint expert, will be demonstrating how to make flint tools using Bronze Age methods and materials, before giving audiences the chance to put the practice to the test and have a go themselves.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise Cllr Bannister said, “Eastbourne’s Bronze Age history is fascinating, and hosting an event which brings pieces of that puzzle to life is a tremendous idea. From bitesize information to detailed artefacts in the exhibition, and activities in between - there really is no better way to engage all of the family in a discovery day out!”
Jo Seaman, Heritage Eastbourne Manager, will be demonstrating Bronze Age woodworking, and visitors can see if they can overcome the challenge of chopping wood with a heavy, bronze axe!
Families can also delve into the depths of the current exhibition, Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery, which reveals previously untold stories, ground-breaking discoveries at Shinewater Park and mysteries surrounding the incredible people that lived in Eastbourne 3,000 years ago. A replica section of Britain’s biggest Bronze Age wooden causeway is also on display for visitors to explore.
The free Bronze Age Life event will open 10 – 4 on Saturday 23 July at the Pavilion, Royal Parade.
Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery is also free, open throughout the summer until Sunday 13 November 2016.
Photo: Replica Bronze Age axe courtesy of Heritage Eastbourne