Festival of fire

ON FIRE Sisters Zoe Boyd, five, and Eliza, seven, are shown ancient fire lighting skills by bushcraft instructor Jonathon Huet.    Picture: Allan Hutchings (110424-277)
ON FIRE Sisters Zoe Boyd, five, and Eliza, seven, are shown ancient fire lighting skills by bushcraft instructor Jonathon Huet. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110424-277)
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YOUNGSTERS got the chance to learn the ancient skill of fire-lighting at a Celtic festival.

Families visited Butser Ancient Farm for a walk back in time - all the way to the Middle Ages.

The Imbolc festival celebrates the beginning of spring and all that is great about the days getting longer, the first buds and all the early signs of new life.

Instructor Jonathan Huet demonstrated to Eliza Boyd, seven, and her five-year-old sister Zoe, how to light a fire using only basic ancient methods.

And when the fire was going, the visitors to the ancient farm, in Chalton, Waterlooville, at the weekend tucked into a delicious vegetable stew and freshly baked bread – just as they would have celebrated the festival hundreds of years ago.

Celtic and Pagan festivals are celebrated throughout the year on the working farm.

To find out more go to butserancientfarm.co.uk or call (023) 9259 8838 for more information about it.