The Thegns of Mercia are thrilled to be supporting the Saxon Festival and will be providing a living encampment at the Sutton Hoo National Trust site from Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 May.

The Thegns of Mercia are a not-for-profit educational living history group based across the UK, with 18 members from various backgrounds, including historic craftspeople, archaeology and history graduates. We run public-facing encampment-based educational events at Sutton Hoo at least twice per year, and last year also curated their ‘Anglo-Saxon Yule‘ exhibition. More can be found on their website www.thegns

Your National Trust: Sutton Hoo entrance fee includes access to all activities.

Ongoing displays and activities include:

  • Tabletweaving
  • Textiles Display
  • Historic Costumes
  • Boardgames
  • Mailmaking
  • Display Warrior-gear & Treasures (including Staffordshire Hoard reconstructions)
  • Cooking
  • Treasures of the Anglo-Saxon Church
  • Anglo-Saxon Medicine

Please see the full brochure below for a number of set pieces that will take place each day. Each activity will be signalled by a blast of a blowing-horn.

Thegns of Mercia brochure 27-29 May 2023