History lovers are being invited to help archaeologists unearth a long-lost Tudor garden and banqueting house at Sudeley Castle.
A two-week excavation will be held in the grounds of the Cotswold castle in May, to further explore a site which experts believe could reveal one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens – hidden in the castle grounds for nearly 300 years.
Initial findings at the site in October included fragments of post-medieval pottery, masonry and animal bones, consistent with garden archaeology.
Further explorations of a mound, discovered in the middle of the field, could now confirm that it was once the site of a temporary banqueting house and the location of a huge celebration by Elizabeth I as part of her progress around the country to mark her victory over the Spanish Armada.
Members of the public are now being invited to join a team of archaeologists from social enterprise company, DigVentures, for the excavation in May, and help uncover more of the site’s secrets.
The excavation in May will be the most significant archaeological investigation at the Winchcombe attraction since the discovery of Roman villas on the estate in Victorian times.
Find out more at digventures.com/projects/sudeley-castle