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All ages can get hands-on in our trench at Nottingham Castle with We Dig the Castle! and Archaeology Live!, Saturday 16 July

Families of all ages can try out different types of archaeology at the famous Nottingham Castle. With the help of archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology participants can discover how we find out about the past, what archaeologists really do, and  what’s beneath your feet. You could be digging, looking for artefacts, or helping to clean the objects discovered. Whatever your age, there’s something for you to do!

Participants will be part of our real dig at the Castle, as we look for evidence of the English Civil War and remains of the Norman castle that it destroyed.

There’s no charge to get involved, and families that book in advance will be able to enter the Castle for free. Participants don’t need any experience, or any special equipment or clothing. They just need to bring a sun hat (or wellies!), enthusiasm, and a smile.

We have places available for 15 people at a time, in time slots across the day. These run at 11am, 12 noon, 3pm and 4pm, and you’ll need to arrive 10 minutes before the start. All ages are welcome, but under-16s need to come with a parent/guardian. Where children are aged under-12 there is a maximum of 2 children per parent/guardian.

To book places for your family get in touch with Laura or Alison at TPA.Volunteering@yorkat.co.uk or on 0115 8967400. When your place is confirmed just print out your confirmation email (or bring it on your phone) and all family members joining the dig will get free entry to the Castle!


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Trent and Peak Archaeology
0115 8967400
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Nottingham Castle Gatehouse
Nottingham, NG1 6EL + Google Map

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