Step back in time this half term for Chichester’s Roman Week from Saturday 28 May – Wednesday 1 June. Featuring a packed programme of talks, trails, immersive theatre, guided tours, family activities storytelling, craft and workshops, this award winning week will conclude with a spectacular re-enactment in Priory Park on Wednesday 1 June.
Led by The Novium Museum, Roman Week celebrates Chichester’s vibrant Roman heritage offering exciting opportunities for people of all ages to discover more about this fascinating period when our historic city was first established a Noviomagnus Reginorum, which translates to ‘New market of the proud people’ after the Roman invasion in AD43.
New to the programme this year will be an opportunity to explore Roman Chichester by bike. Also, visitors can enjoy the chance to try their hand at life drawing in the unique setting of The Novium Museum’s Roman Gallery, overlooking the Roman bathhouse.
The week will conclude with the much-anticipated return of a thrilling Roman re-enactment in Priory Park on Wednesday 1 June. The event will bring the Roman period to life with everything from gladiators in combat, to Roman soldiers in action. Other demonstrations will cover aspects of civilian life including home life, slavery and religion.
As well as the re-enactments, there will be storytelling, craft activities, Roman hair styling by Chichester College and the opportunity to step inside a virtual Roman villa with Wessex Archaeology. This immersive event will be free to attend, with some activities incurring a small charge.
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