For our third evening, on day 3 of The Quantock Experience, acclaimed local historian Bob Croft presents an illuminating lecture on the archaeology of the area, to be followed by a ceilidh with The Bristol Ceilidh Quartet!
Somerset’s Quantock Hills form a richly complex landscape that has been shaped by human activity over many thousands of years. The hills may now be a peaceful area popular with walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and tourists, but they hold archaeological secrets including Bronze Age round barrows, extensive ancient field systems, Iron Age hill forts, and even evidence dating back to Roman times with silver coins discovered in West Bagborough. As well as being former county archaeologist, Bob Croft is the Historic Environment and Estates Manager for the newly formed South West Heritage Trust, and has a diverse and extensive knowledge of local history, having appeared several times on the BBC’s own archaeology series Time Team.
Our evening ceilidh is led by the incredible Bristol Ceilidh Quartet! The band brings together three experienced English folk fiddlers and a fab cellist to make a big string sound with loads of energy and drive. This will be a diverse evening – not to miss!
The Quantock Hills were England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being designated in 1956. Now celebrating 60 Years, The Quantock Experience is a week of all things Quantocks, organised in partnership by Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, South West Heritage Trust and the Quantock Hills AONB Service, and supported by Friends of Quantock. In a week combining indoor and outdoor activities, talks, walks and experiences, discover and enjoy the landscapes, wildlife, history, geology, archaeology, folklore and crafts of this unique area. Click here for The Quantock Experience event page.