Stonehenge is welcoming families for lots of summer fun with its explorer quest, archaeological activities and the return of a gentle giant.

Budding young archaeologists are being given the chance to unearth the past and find what lies inside the Stonehenge excavation sandboxes.

Replica artefacts from across the centuries are ready to be found for visitors to learn more about the history of Stonehenge through the things that have been left behind.

The kids’ dig crew will also be on hand to reveal the stories behind the treasures found, and what place they have in the story of Stonehenge.

Scott Ashman, the head of historic properties for Stonehenge, said: “There’s so much to see and do at Stonehenge this summer and families could easily spend the best part of a day with us, and perhaps make a visit to Old Sarum too.

"Our hands on summer archaeology activity and Explorer Quest are a great way to have fun and find out some amazing facts about the Stonehenge. There’s always more to discover at Stonehenge, and we hope that lots of families will come along and get involved.”

The Stonehenge Kid’s Dig family activity and Explorer Quest every day over the summer holidays. The Stonehenge Kid’s Dig runs from July 23 to September 4

The August bank holiday weekend will see the return of Gnomus - The Caretaker of the Earth, who is a giant hewn from the same rock as the gigantic trilithons that make up the stone circle once known as ‘the Giant’s Dance’.

Gnomus will invite families to explore Stonehenge with him as their guide. Gnomus combines puppetry, history and conservation, and a programme of family-friendly performances which will take place at various times throughout the day between 10am and 5pm.

He will be accompanied by a British Sign Language interpreter on August 27 and 29, 10am to 5pm.



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