Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology 2014 at Woking Palace - 12 and 13 July

02 July 2014

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The Friends of Woking Palace are opening Woking Palace to visitors between 11am and 5 pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July, as part of celebrating Festival of Archaeology fortnight.

Come along and learn about Tudor Archery and its importance to England's defences at that time and, for a small charge, try out your skills with a longbow. In addition, there will be handling collections and finds together with fascinating displays illustrating what has been discovered about the Palace and its site over recent years' excavations.

The weekend is a great opportunity for members of the public to enjoy the site in its beautiful riverside setting. Volunteer guides will lead tours around the eight acre moated site (last tour at 4pm) and help visitors interpret the various displays showing the development of this highly important site in Medieval and Tudor times.

Visitors will also be able to find out more about the Heritage Lottery Funded grant awarded to Friends of Woking Palace last year to carry out a very exciting three year project called "Woking Palace and its Park" - including a wide range of community activities throughout each year and this season's excavations from 10 to 26 September including how visitors can participate in `Dig for a Day' and `Finds Processing' days.

Today Woking Palace is a beautiful peaceful site hidden away in the countryside but it was once a large and important palace both owned and visited by royalty including Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. So come along and learn more about the local and natural history and the opportunities visitors have to take part in this year's activities.

On both days there will be free guided walks to Woking Palace via the historic areas of Old Woking, starting from St Peters Church at 2pm. Please call 07722 299026 to book a place.

Please note that there is no car parking at Woking Palace - access is by foot and cycle. Free parking is available in the centre of Old Woking and the route to the site (approx one mile) will be well signed during the weekend.

Further information can be obtained from 07722 299026 or the website www.woking-palace.org

Please call this same number for information regarding access for those with disabilities.