'Step back in time' to the BIG FORT BUILD!

by Paul Harston in Caergwrle, Wales, United Kingdom

Always on


raised in 449 days



Following the success of our Big Fort Build crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Paul Harston in Caergwrle, Wales, United Kingdom

New stretch target

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £22,828 thanks to 204 wonderful supporters. We are now continuing to accept donations to keep building on our amazing new Celtic & Roman Britain experience. Find out more about our original plans below.

Only 3 days to go! 

The Big Fort Build starts on Saturday 25th August and all materials have arrived on site and are being prefabricated as we speak by an team of timber craftsmen and Roman experts. 

We've had lots of people telling us they still want to contribute to help us get closer to our stretch target of £30k.

We've spent 5 years making PARK IN THE PAST a totally unique community heritage project at our fabulous 120 acre site. And now with your help we can really start to enhance our plans in this stunning historic landscape & area of outstanding natural beauty in Hope, Flintshire North Wales. 

If you know anyone who didn't manage to make a pledge or perhaps still want to donate to our amazing project then please tell them the crowdfunder site is now open for donations again courtesy of the nice guys at Crowdfunder.co.uk. 

Every £ will make a difference to the big fort build and what we do in the community as a lasting legacy. 

Don't forget: all the latest updates will be appearing here and on Facebook so you know what's in store at the BIG Fort Build! 

Passionate about our heritage

Our Mission: To create a living heritage environment where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can 'step back in time' to experience long lost ancient worlds, inspiring a life-long passion for the past.

(Check out the CGI video below to see what it will look like!)

Join Us on the 'Big Fort Build' Event! 

So far our dedicated volunteers and generous friends have raised thousands of pounds to make Park in the Past a reality.  But now we need your support to start building a full scale timber Roman Fort during August Bank Holiday Weekend 2018.

What We Need Now: We need to raise £20,000 to build an impressive 20 foot high Roman gate tower and formidable fort defences!   This is the first stage in our exciting island story - opening a door into mysterious Roman and Celtic worlds that will push back the boundaries of archaeology and history. 

Authentic: The Roman Gate Tower (see below) will be constructed out of solid oak from sustainable sources to look and feel like a fort built by elite legionary soldiers in North Wales nearly 2,000 years ago. Based on designs shown on monuments in Rome and excavations of the mega-fortress in nearby Chester, the gate tower reflects the latest research by Roman experts and recent discoveries in experimental archaeology.  So travel back to the Roman Conquest of Britain...   


What You Will Get                                                                   

We invite you to join us on this amazing journey and are offering many fantastic rewards for your pledges taking you deep into your adventure in the past. Check out our rewards and choose the one you want to experience most. If you want to create a bespoke experience, just let us know and we'll arrange the rest!

Roman Boot Camp: you will have the opportunity live as a soldier in the greatest army in the world, take part in combat training and fire lethal artillery weapons.  

Take the Campaign Challenge: if you're tough enough, join a team and compete against battle-hardened legionary soldiers to build the fort defences for a handful of extra rations and the honour of Rome.                                                   

Just check the Rewards on offer and tailor your experience to test your mettle!


Time Machine: An Exciting New Experience

Not only will this authentically restored ancient landscape have a full-scale Roman Fort and  Celtic village, a huge Round House and prehistoric megalithic stone monuments, but you can volunteer to help create these environments in real time too! 

In this innovative and 'immersive' experience, visitors can also choose to enter an ancient world as an active participant,  actually ‘join in’ and interact with Roman soldiers, Celtic tribes people and prehistoric hunters to help solve their problems. You will encounter dark, mysterious realms and will want to return time after time.

"This is a truly landmark event - the team are creating a complete ancient landscape - where you'll get real  'hands on' experience of the past...fantastic!"   Ben Kane, Sunday Times best-selling author 


Help Us Save this Site for Future Generations!

Site and Team 

Site: Our magical multi-faceted green space also includes a country park, nature reserve and varied leisure activities - such as horse riding, kayaking, sailing & fishing - and offers extensive woodlands and wetlands, wild flower meadows and fields, a gorgeous meandering river and a magnificent 35 acre lake for you to explore and enjoy.

Our team:  includes experts from the fields of archaeology, heritage education and conservation to ensure we deliver a world-class heritage attraction - a wonderful legacy for future generations to enjoy.            We're really grateful to our army of volunteers too who labour tirelessly to make this project a fantastic success. They're amazing people - you know who you are!


A Centre of Excellence for

Education and Research: Park in the Past is dedicated to bringing heritage and history to life for schools, college and university students too. We are currently researching Roman military occupation but future interests include Iron Age settlements, ancient religion and divinities, domesticated livestock and agriculture. The project also aims to restore wildlife habitats and recreate an authentic  first century AD natural environment.

A Green 'Well Being' Space: As a social enterprise, we plan to invite social care services, mental health charities and local care homes to help design the community park zones for therapeutic  effects and restorative stress-relieving benefits for disabled, younger and older people in the local community. 

"We know our diverse communities totally support this project. It will make a huge, lasting health and economic impact on the lives of ordinary people for generations to come”. Paul Harston, Project Champion

Help Us Make History! 

By donating today you'll have a unique opportunity to get involved in a once in a lifetime project - witnessing first hand how your ancestors faced challenges and survived in a hostile environment 2,000 years ago. 

Thanks ever so much for your generous support!

The Park in the Past team 

Park in the Past, Fagl Lane, Hope, Flintshire LL12 9HB    mobile: 07885 403485  Office: 01978 761264

Brilliant Ben Kane & friends are auctioning special items like this exquisite Roman Cavalry helmet below to raise funds for our fantastic Big Fort Build.  Join him on Facebook to see lots of other goodies on offer! 

To see the latest items go to https://www.facebook.com/ben.kane.9231

Let's make ''Step back in time' to the BIG FORT BUILD!' happen

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