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June 2012: Final Meeting at Butser (UK)

Programme for the final Didarchtik meeting at Butser
11th - 15th June 2012


Mon 11th June
Arrive and settle in to Sustainability Centre, Maple Inn or Causeway B&B
19.00 Welcome drinks + nibbles.
20.00 Evening meal at Sustainability Centre – vegetarian

Tuesday 12th June
8.30 Pick up from Sustainability Centre
9.15 Assemble at Butser Ancient Farm
9.30 Brief Welcome: Self guided visit to farm site with guide book
10.45 Tea
11.15 Presentation – What attracts visitors? How can initial perceptions enhance/impede learning?
Discussion in mixed groups
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Guided Lecture Tour
15.00 Discussion in “own site” groups
15.30 Cream tea
16.00 Roundhouse building competition
17.00 Return to Sustainability Centre, Maple Inn or Causeway B&B for rest
20.00 Pick up from Sustainability Centre
20.30 Evening Meal – Red Lion Country Pub

Wednesday 13th June
8.30 Pick up from Sustainability Centre
9.15.1 Assemble at Butser Ancient Farm
9.30 Presentation by John Evans: Visitors with special needs
10.00 Activity and discussion
11.30 Petersfield – free time
13.30 Lunch at Butser Ancient Farm
14.30 Demonstrations/ adult workshops
16.30 Tea + feedback discussion
18.00 Dressing up (optional). Roman hairdressing by VAEE
18.30 Roman feast in the villa

Thursday 14th June
8.30 Pick up from Sustainability Centre
9.15 Assemble at Butser Ancient Farm
9.30 Presentations
Other adult learning at our sites
Work placements
Volunteers
Friends of the farm
Staff
10.30 Discussion: in own groups ‘What can we do to promote learning for these groups?’
11.00 Tea + Presentation of the products
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Visit to Portsmouth Dockyards
17.00 Return to Sustainability Centre, Maple Inn or Causeway B&B
17.00 Decision makers of each group meet to discuss reporting preparations
19.30 Return to Butser Ancient Farm for celebration barn dance Sleepover in the roundhouse for any who wishes to stay.

Friday 15th June
Breakfast and goodbyes.


Extra Information

The Sustainability Centre is located around five miles away so you will need to think about what you need to bring with you each day, such as:
A water proof jacket because of the fine British weather
A warm jumper for the evenings because of the fine British weather.
Suntan lotion because of the fine British weather.
If you decide to stay overnight in the Roundhouse please bring a sleeping bag if possible (we can provide some bedding)
Pen and paper for note taking


How to find us

The Sustainability Centre is fairly remote. We will need to ferry you all there by minibus/car. If possible arrive at Petersfield where we will meet you. It would be very helpful if you send us possible arrival times.

To get to Petersfield you have several options:
If you land at Gatwick airport: We have previously suggested going to Havant, however a better option would be to take a train to Guildford, then change for a train to Petersfield. However, if you have already booked your route to Havant please let us know and we can make arrangements.
Take a National Express coach from Gatwick to Petersfield (this will probably be a longer but cheaper option than the train)

If you are arriving at another airport or travelling by other means such as car, please let us know and we will help you plan your route.

Useful websites:
www.nationalexpress.com
www.thetrainline.com

Please note that train tickets are much cheaper if bought in advance and there are sometimes discounts for group tickets.