£2,000 Passport income supports Trail conservation projects Thursday, 6/02/2020

Income from Walkers’ Passports in 2019 and pre-sales for the 2020 season have enabled the ODA’s Conservation Fund to commit this year to supporting important  conservation projects along Offa’s Dyke Path. The £2,000 raised from the sale of Passports will help National Trail Officer Rob Dingle to buy the ground reinforcing sheets that are so vital if erosion and damage to the ancient monument is to be avoided.  Walkers will come across the sheets at the gathering points at gateway and stile boundary crossings where wear and tear, known as ‘pinch points’, typically occurs.

Proactive measure such as this go beyond what Rob’s budget would otherwise  have been able to afford. When we launched the Passport in May 2019 we pledged that income from sales would directly promote the conservation of the Dyke and therefore the well being of the National Trail.  We encourage walkers in 2020 to buy the Passport and thereby help us to  support yet more conservation projects.

The photo shows the outside ‘stamping station’ at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton. The  2020 season runs between 1st May  and 31st October.



Offa’s Dyke Centre awarded 5 star rating Friday, 3/01/2020

We are proud to achieve this 5 star Food Hygiene rating.  Visit us to enjoy locally roasted coffee and loose leaf tea along with a slice of one our famous cakes, gluten free  included.  If you prefer vegan cake then please give us a few hours notice before you arrive so that we can have it ready for you.  During January we will be open daily 10am – 2pm daily (last refreshment order  1.30pm), except Friday 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January when we will be closed. We will still be  able to take bookings for meetings and events  that extend over any whole day. Please contact us for further details.

Launch of the Offa’s Dyke Young Archaeologists’ Club Tuesday, 24/12/2019

 The ODA is delighted to welcome the Offa’s Dyke Young Archaeologists’ Club  to the Offa’s  Dyke Centre

Old Fun for the New Year – the Young Archaeologists’ Club to launch in Knighton!

Budding archaeologists, history fans, and young explorers are invited to join a new club launching in January.

On Saturday, January 18th, a new branch of the Young Archaeologists’s Club (YAC) called the “Offa’s Dyke YAC” will host its first session. From 10:30 to 12:30, the Offa’s Dyke Centre will play host to an Anglo Saxon celebration. Including tastes of early medieval foods, jewelry making, shield design, and the chance to chat to archaeologists Ian and Mel.

Sessions will be held monthly on the third Saturday at the Centre, and will include sessions from pottery making, to prehistoric art, to geophysics and excavation.

New members are welcome to the club, and can either sign up on the day, pick up an application form from the Offa’s Dyke Centre, or contact branch leader Ian Mackey at There is no joining fee, but a small cost of £1.50 a session to cover materials.

Important Information:

The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is the only UK-wide club where 8-16 year olds can participate in real archaeology and discover why it matters. Membership is ideal for young people who want to become a professional archaeologist in the future or just feel like taking up an amazing new hobby.

YAC members take part in all sorts of fantastic, hands-on activities, such as excavation, working with artefacts, visiting historical sites and undertaking experimental archaeology. They will explore all eras of human history from Wales and beyond, such as the Romans, Vikings, Ancient Egyptians and Victorians.

There are over 70 clubs throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, run by over 500 dedicated volunteers. The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) supports the volunteers to deliver over 10,000 archaeology and heritage-based activity places each year.

This club’s launch has been made possible by the generosity of the Offa’s Dyke Association in donating the use of their centre, and by the support of their volunteers.

Living History Festival 2020 needs YOU! Friday, 8/11/2019

On Monday, November 25th, the doors will be open at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton, to welcome the community in to a “Festival Community Planning Day” to help us plan the Living History Festival for 2020!

After successful festivals in 2018 and 2019, the organisers want to make the 2020 Festival even more exciting, engaging, fun, and most importantly – develop the event with the community in Knighton and surrounding towns and villages. As well as the return of expert reenactors bringing their encampment onto site again this July, this year the organisers will be bringing music and performance to the site for a weekend packed with activities and entertainment for all ages.

The “Festival Community Planning Day” at the Offa’s Dyke Centre will be a drop in session, running from 1pm to 6pm, on Monday November 25th. Refreshments will be provided, as well as craft and archaeology activities suitable for all ages. There will be the opportunity to learn more about and sign up for volunteer roles, make suggestions for activities, suggest local musicians and performers, sign up for one of our free charity stall spaces, or sign up to be one of our crafts stalls.
Important Information:

The free Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from across Wales, the Marches, and beyond. It is jointly organised by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (with funding from Cadw) and the Offa’s Dyke Association, and held in July as part of the Festival of British Archaeology, an annual celebration of heritage, history, and archaeology run by the Council for British Archaeology.
The 2020 Living History Festival will be held from Friday July 3rd to Sunday July 5th, 2020.

For any queries about the Festival, please contact the Community Archaeologist at Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust , Penelope Foreman – 07956 585023 // 01938 553670