Welwyn Festival Roman Day
A family-friendly Roman Day will be held at Sherrardswood School and the Welwyn Roman Baths on Sunday 26th June.
Organised by Bryan Scott and the Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service, the day will allow visitors to experience what life was like in Welwyn around 2,000 years ago, learning about military and local life during the 400 years of their occupation. This event will include a range of fun activities, such as:
- The re-enactment of a battle between a Roman Legion and Saxon invaders of 1,600 years ago just before Rome recalled their troops from their province of Britannia.
- Opportunities for children to take part in ‘Wacky Roman Races’ pop-up games in the main arena throughout the day as part of ‘Get on your Markus, Get Setus, and Go’ including the opportunity to race chariots!
- Displays by leading re-enactment groups demonstrating the lives of Roman military and cavalry officers and how their dress changed over time, as well as cavalry horses, training and equipment.
- Military drills and use of weaponry, including the chance to see Gladiators equipment and Roman battle tactics.
- The chance to learn practical Roman craft skills.
Alongside this, Celtic Harmony will also appear demonstrating how the Celtic people lived alongside the occupying Romans. Their activities will include crafts and archery displays, with an opportunity to have a go yourself, priced at £2 for 6 arrows.
A Roman Day is an apt tribute to Welwyn’s history, where archaeologists have previously discovered Roman baths and evidence of Dicket Mead villa. The Baths are located adjacent to Sherrardswood School and are open throughout the year. On Roman Day, the Baths will again open up with a range of activities. Visitors can have a go at excavating Roman finds in the sandpit excavation, get creative with ‘make and take home’ craft activities including laurel headwreaths, make a paper Roman soldier and Roman badgemaking. Or you can take part in the ‘Silly Roman’s’ trail and help Sid the Centurion to find his missing soldiers, or investigate ‘Poo’ from the past, try Roman games, dress up and have your face painted to be transformed into a fierce Roman soldier! There will be a series of short talks and tours inside the Bath House where visitors can discover more about Roman history and Welwyn Roman Baths itself. So, if you’ve ever wondered what the Romans have ever done for us (apart from the roads, aquaduct, law and order, peace…) then this is the opportunity to find out.
The event will run from 11am to 4pm and tickets can be purchased on the day – adults £8, children (under 16) £4, with a family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children) costing £20. Entry is via Sherrardswood School and parking is free. Parking at the Roman Baths is reserved for disabled visitors only.