Calling all young recruits – the Fishbourne Roman Army needs you!
Join the Fishbourne Roman Army this half-term and during Roman Army Week (28 October - 01 November) enjoy a day of exciting challenges at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Sign up with the recruitment officer and write your name in Latin before completing a range of tasks to ‘earn’ a days pay.
Under the watchful eye of the Drill Officer soldiers will parade around the formal gardens of the Palace, master ‘sword’ and ‘spear’ practice, learn about the medicines used 2,000 years ago and see how soldiers relaxed by playing board games. They will taste Roman-style food and acquire an SPQR ‘tattoo’ (and a fake wound for the brave).
Other skills on offer during the event include archery, ‘stone’ throwing and dressing-up Roman-style. Once completed, soldiers return to the recruitment officer to receive a certificate and a (replica) Roman coin as a day’s pay.
Normal admission charges apply. Activities run from 10am to 4pm, Monday – Friday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that some activities are weather dependent.
Visitors can also access the rest of the museum during this event – and discover objects from 2,000 years ago, take a guided tour and gain a different perspective on the biggest 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 23rd October 2013
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