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Friday 17 July 2015



The Sandstone Ridge Trust is hosting a 3 day event at Beeston Castle to celebrate 25 years of the CBA as part of this years festival of Archaeology. Visitors can explore the prehistory of Beeston Crag with a guided tour of the site, whilst learning about Cheshire during the Stone and Bronze age’s with costumed living history displays.Hands on ancient crafts workshops suitable for all the family include stone carving and casting. Displays throughout the day on 21st, 22nd and 23rd July from 11 am to 4 pm with guided tours of the site at midday and 3 pm. Usual admission charges to the castle.

The Trust’s contribution to the festival is a legacy event from the previous Habitats and Hillforts landscape partnership .You can learn more about its work and current project ‘Ridge, Rocks and Springs’ whilst exploring the prehistory that lies beneath the iconic medieval castle at Beeston. Costumed living history displays bring the distant past to life with replica tools and everyday items from prehistory.Youngsters can discover artifacts in our sandbox excavation or have a go at carving a mold for a cast replica axe head. Ever had the urge to scratch your name? Then come along and feel free to add to our graffiti stone or carve a letter, make a cord or start a fire! A great day out to kick start the summer holidays with a mix of crafts, experimental archaeology and discovery set among the stunning views of the Cheshire Ridge.

Gary Ball, Project coordinator for the event said “ this is a great opportunity to learn and have fun whilst exploring Cheshire's prehistoric past. It is one of many such events as part of the Council for British Archaeology festival  and we are pleased to be taking part .The event is a partnership, with English Heritage, Reaseheath college ,the Grosvenor museum and Cheshire museum services and sees volunteers, agencies and professional heritage suppliers working to create a unique event. We hope it brings history to life whilst entertaining and informing the visitors.”

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