Saxon Theme 6 days
Great Britain: Saxon Towns and Farm Fayre
Anglo-Saxon England was the early medieval period, existing from the 5th to the 11th century from the end of Roman Britain until the Norman conquest in 1066. The Angles and Saxons were tribes from what is now Germany who settled here after the end of Roman control of Britain. The seven kingdoms, Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex, and Wessex, converted to Christianity during the 7th Century. Between the 7th Century and the 10th there were raids and invasions by the Vikings and Danes. Alfred the Great repelled the invaders or made trade deals with them and so unified the kingdoms into England.
Travel through the ancient Saxon towns of Britain. Discover how the Saxons changed the landscape of England with town planning and their great agricultural skills. Taste produce that the master farmers of the Saxon era introduced to England. Take guided tours through some of the most important towns of Saxon Britain, like Winchester, York and Canterbury. Discover some picturesque towns and villages, like Bosham and Kirkbymoorside. See the Sutton Hoo treasure.
- Learn to bake the bread they ate in King Alfred's time.
- Be guided through towns and villages founded in Saxon times and view early English churches
- Partake of a brewery tasting and tour
- Visit a sheep farm for a talk on rare breeds and try some cheese from the makers
- Wander through a local farmers market
- Go on a foraging expedition and cook with your found ingredients
- Dine on a duck feast at a top class restaurant
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