Daily program

Daily program


Midwinter Fair: 7 and 8 December

The winter festival for young and old! We go back to the origin, to the celebration of the Midwinter. The celebration of light, the days are getting longer!

On the stages in the Roman inn and the medieval monastery you can enjoy many bands. You can also get started with an Irish and Scottish dance workshop. Also spread over the park you will find various workshops, activities and a lot of entertainment.

The indoor market is again well filled with known and new stands. Scattered throughout the Archeon site, craftsmen and traders set up their tents and sell their unique goods. You will also find unique exhibitors in the medieval houses.

Enjoy delicious authentic cuisine in one of our restaurants.
And warm yourself at one of the many cozy fires.

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Winter at Archeon

14, 15, 21 December 2019 - 5, 11 and 12 Januar 2020 open from 11.00 am till 5.00 pm.

Archeon is transformed into a Dutch Winter World in prehistoric, Roman and medieval times. In Archeon is plenty of entertainment and fun during the Christmas holidays. The first snow has already fallen. In Heerestraat of the medieval town Gravendam and Dorestad the trees and houses shrouded under a white blanket of snow.

All 43 buildings, farms and cabins are decorated entirely for the winter and occupied by our residents. The fire crackles and it is wonderfully warm. The foundry has been busy with the casting of bronze objects. The first farmers, the Hunebed builders and hunters are busy with activities like: edit flint and fire making.

In the Middle Ages, it is a hive of activity. It's winter and there's a lot of work at home. The blacksmith, the baker and the weaver like to show their craft. There are sandwiches and baked wafers and make you felt bracelets.

Prehistory Activities: face-paint, pull a boulder, bake a bread on a stick* Guided tour starts at 11.30 am
Roman times Activities: make a fibula*, get a Roman helmet*, march in de legion, arm massage Guided tour starts at 1.00 pm
Middle Ages Activities: archery, sword fighting, make a candle*, make a felt bracelet* Guided tour starts at 2.00 pm
  *activities only with the activitycard  


Magic show Secret in the Monastery
Jannes de Goochelaar is a welcome guest in Gravendam. The baker, the blacksmith and the weaver like to watch Jannes' enchanting magic tricks. Elf gold, magic playing cards, mysterious pots... it seems like magic and not everyone in Gravendam loves magic! So go to the monastery and come and watch this show full of humor and... medieval magic!

Ice skating
This year, too, the ice rink looks like a mirror for a wonderful skate ride. Of course, the hot chocolate should not be missing afterwards.
Skates can be rented at the ice rink (€ 5,00 per pair)

Restaurants
Pancakehouse the Monastary 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
Roman Inn with Pizza & Pollo 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Icestube 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Archeologyhouse of South Holland and Roman Museum
Visit the Roman Museum with the history of South Holland, beautiful films and many finds. Now also visit the exhibition "First centuries of Holland" about the origins and history of the County of Holland!

Zwammerdam Restoration Yard
View the restoration of the Zwammerdam ships. These ships were excavated in 1974 in Zwammerdam and are being restored in the Zwammerdam Restoration Wharf at Archeon.

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