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Binchester Roman Fort events

Find out about all the upcoming events.


    Due to Covid-19, Binchester Roman Fort is currently closed.

    Events 2020

    • Monday 25  May - ancient crafts and technology (new for 2020)
    • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July - Roman Festival featuring mock battles (displays of slingshots, archery and catapult artillery)
    • Monday 31 August - Roman military displays

    Events commence at 11.00am, repeated 2.00pm.

    Icon for pdf Binchester Roman Festival 2019 video transcript (PDF, 90.5kb)

    Binchester Roman Festival

    Roma Antiqua, Barbaratus and assorted mercenaries return to Binchester for the final encounter of the year.

    Supported by other elements of the Roman Army, including Barbaratus the expert cavalryman, joins battle with the enemies of Rome. See demonstrations of archery, slingstaffs, and firing of the full-size replica of the artillery catapult known as the ballista.

    Visit the tented encampment and inspect the weapons, armour and equipment of Roman soldiers as well as the stalls of civilian traders and artisans. Join the guided tour of the site and be amazed by the size and importance of Vinovia and its magnificently well-preserved buildings.

    Entry cost:

    • £7 for adults
    • £6 for concessions
    • £4 for children aged four and above
    • free for youngsters under four

    Contactless payment and cards are now accepted on site, parking is free and portable toilet facilities are available. Only assistance dogs are allowed on site.


    A school room, workshop activities and guided tours can be pre-booked in advance for school groups and small parties (up to 50).

    Contact us
    Binchester Roman Fort
    01388 663 089

    03000 267 013
    Our address is:
    • Heritage, Landscape and Design
    • Regeneration and Economic Development
    • 5th Floor, County Hall
    • Durham
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DH1 5UQ
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