This Dirty Weekend is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help archaeologists unearth an original Tudor garden here at Sudeley Castle…
Whilst our 10 award-winning gardens remain popular with visitors, there were other Tudor gardens previously around the castle, some of which fell out of use and gradually vanished from sight. In the 19th century, masonry and other items were recovered from a mysterious hump in one of the surrounding fields and now, a recent geophysical survey has revealed the ghostly layout of a nearly perfect, undisturbed Tudor garden.
Luckily for archaeologists, we escaped the popular landscaping movement inspired by Capability Brown, meaning that this ‘ghost garden’ may have been left largely untouched, making it one of perhaps only two remaining in England where the original garden paths remain visible.
With DigVentures, our mission for this dig is to unearth part of the Tudor garden and recover as much evidence from this historic party scene as we can.
Be part of the dig
**TICKETS TO PARTICIPATE IN DIG HAVE NOW SOLD OUT**
There are 10 places available to help the team dig for the Tudor garden over the weekend. The weekend includes a VIP tour of the gardens and a unique introduction to the history of Sudeley Castle, an in-depth archaeological briefing, and instruction on the techniques of how to do archaeology. You’ll then help excavate five different test pits, each one at a specially chosen location designed to help locate and unearth an as-yet untouched piece of Tudor history.
Watch the dig take place
Visitors to Sudeley Castle this weekend will be able to view the dig taking place and learn more about the archaeology of our gardens and castle grounds through guided tours – all part of the regular admission price.