Start your seasonal celebrations in a Roman style at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Experience the excitement of the Saturnalia festival on Saturday 15th December at Britain’s largest Roman residence. This fun event for the whole family will give you a chance to find out all about this Roman winter celebration.
Between 11am and 3pm there will be lots of activities for visitors of all ages to try, including tasting feast day food and drink, making a beeswax candle to take home, dressing in Roman costume, writing a Saturnalia scroll, playing Roman games, creating some festive decorations and hearing a Saturnalia tale told by a Roman story- teller.
Saturnalia was one of the most popular holidays in Roman times, held in honor of the Roman god Saturn. Festivities started on 17 December and lasted for seven days. Many of the Saturnalia traditions of gift-giving, role-reversal and candle-lighting are reflected in traditional Christmas customs.
Fishbourne’s Head of Learning Katrina Burton said, “This festive fun event will be a great day out for all the family and an opportunity celebrate Christmas Roman style!”
Normal admission charges apply. Activities run from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 15th December. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are indoors.
Visitors can also access the rest of the museum to discover objects from 2,000 years ago and take a self-guided tour to gain a different perspective on the largest collection of early mosaic floors north of Rome. There is also a well-stocked shop.
Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors of all ages a unique chance to look back in time. Uncovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning more about Roman art and architecture.
Published 4th December 2012
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