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Iron Age Celts

School visits which bring the past to life for Key Stage 2 History.

Journey back to the Iron Age to see how the ancient Britons lived on and with the land. Children will come face to face with a Celtic Warlord, then experience the sights, smells & tastes of Iron Age Britain. Our passion for history, ancient technology and bushcraft deliver experiential learning for schools which is fun, educational and unforgettable.

“It was amazing! My class got so much from it – they still talk about it today.” Mr Gray, School Teacher

By giving them a chance to get hands-on, to live and breathe history with all their senses, children will be inspired to discover more about their heritage, locality and culture.

No more dusty textbooks or stuffy lectures; activities are fun, educational and engaging. With our Iron Age Celts experience, the past leaps off the page and comes alive!

Watch this video to be immersed in our Iron Age sessions for schools. You can be confident that we deliver enthusiasm, experience and knowledge in full, historically-accurate period dress.

Celts in the Curriculum

Iron Age Britain is in the National Curriculum for Wales and England. At Key Stage 2 “pupils should be given the opportunity to study the daily life of people living in either the time of the Iron Age Celts or the Romans.” Children should be “knowledgeable about their culture, community, society and the world, now and in the past.”

The following topics are listed in the curriculum: Iron Age hill forts, tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture of the period. This is all covered in our session.

We Make History “Wild!”

It’s amazing how many more children become engaged when learning outdoors rather than in the classroom. Our outdoor Iron Age sessions are unique because they bring the Forest School teaching approach of ‘learning through play’ to the subject of history.

Interactive games, teamwork and role-play, cater to different learning styles whilst the costumes, encampment and campfire bring the sights and smells of the past to life through an authentic living history display, all set under the open sky. Children’s imaginations will go wild.

“An exciting way to bring history to life in our school. Very well organised and plenty of informative sessions including cooking on the fire, battle reenactments, artefacts table, dressing up, fire-making, story-telling, hunting techniques and much more! They kept all of our children fully engrossed from beginning to end – and no travelling either!” Mrs Heini, Headteacher

Our Iron Age sessions are interwoven with nature education too. If you think about it, it’s only natural. The people of the past were inseparable from the landscape they lived in, and so we integrate our Iron Age sessions with topics like farming, herblore, woodcraft, tracking, foraging, plant identification and traditional crafts which link your local history with the countryside around you.

Want to See MORE Videos of Our Iron Age Days for Schools?

We have created a short video web series ‘Iron Age Diaries’ across a week of bringing the ancient past to life for pupils at a school in North Wales.

“James and Lea were magnificent Iron Age warriors. They set up camp on the top of Moel y Gaer (hillfort), and their presentations captured the imaginations of adults and children alike.” – Lorna Jenner, Halkyn Heritage Week

“The battles were very realistic and cool. I was a bit scared!” Bo (pupil)

“I loved making the flour for the wheat-cakes and getting to bake them.” Zoe (pupil)

“Best day ever!” Jay (pupil)

“Making a fire the old way was really hard, but James managed it!” Wren (pupil)

“You were definitely the jewel in our crown.” Lynn Fearnhead, Rhosesmor Heritage Week

“James and Lea provided Celtic re-enactment as part of a school visit to a hillfort. The children were obviously enthralled. In the afternoon about 30 adults visited their camp and were as impressed. What was so good was that James and Lea were able to get the same information over to both the children and the adults but at exactly the right level for the different audiences, a skill which meant both groups found the visit fascinating.” Fiona Gale, County Archaeologist for Denbighshire County Council


You can be sure that our Iron Age sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…

  • Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
  • Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

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“James took full charge of our forest school activities during our charity fun day and was very organised. The forest school was full at all times with the children and parents exploring the various activities provided from bug hunting and making magic wands to making apple crumble on the stove, which was delicious! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their experience in the forest school and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces, particularly when James started playing his mandolin having a little sing along.”

Dawn Lloyd-Jones

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