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The Romans are coming to Binchester

Published July 09, 2019 10.09am


Roman invaders will march on County Durham this weekend for two action-packed days of entertainment.

Binchester Roman weekend

A battalion of Roman soldiers is heading to Binchester this weekend

Binchester Roman Fort's annual festival takes place on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 July, offering visitors the chance to find out what life was really like for Romans living in County Durham.

Cavalryman Barbaratus and colleagues from the Roma Antiqua re-enactment group will demonstrate archery and slingstaff techniques and show how a ballista artillery catapult works.

The event, organised by the council's archaeology team with support from Northern Archaeological Associates, will also offer visitors the chance to inspect weapons, armour and equipment and visit the stalls of civilian traders and artisans.

A guided tour of the site will also be available, showcasing the size and importance of Vinovia and its magnificently well-preserved buildings.

A new excavation at the north east gate of the fort will also be open to visitors, providing an opportunity to see some of the recently excavated objects found on site.

Icon for pdf Binchester Roman Festival 2019 video transcript (PDF, 52.5kb)

Dr David Mason, our principal archaeologist, said: "Our annual Roman weekend always proves extremely popular with visitors as there is so much to keep the whole family entertained.

"Visitors can take a closer look at some genuine Roman items found right here on the site, while the re-enactment sessions really do bring the site to life."   

Entry to the festival weekend is £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and £4 for children aged four and above (under 4s go free).

For more information, visit Binchester Roman Fort.

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