Old Sarum Father's Day Event - Romans and Barbarians

Posted: 2010-06-04

Old Sarum Father's Day Event - Romans and Barbarians

Here's a bit of fun mixed with history for Father's Day. The historic fortification at Old Sarum hosts a fun-filled weekend of Roman battles, cavalry displays and history with a twist on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June. In honour of the 1600th anniversary of the Romans leaving Britain (well, as near as we can make it out), Old Sarum will be transformed into a military camp and visitors will get a rare glimpse into what life was really like for the Romans during this crucial but chaotic time.

There will be plenty to see and do throughout the day as up to a hundred Romans are encamped and battle it out amongst one another to retain control over the country.  Throughout the day, the site will host Roman military displays with groups of re-enactors showing off fighting skills in a series of spectacular battles and contests.

You will see a troupe of daring Roman Cavalry riders, and children will have the chance to get in on the act as they take part in special Roman military drills using toy swords and shields. Wander around the living history encampments and meeting a variety of Roman folk to find out more about what life would have been like for the Romans as they prepared to leave Britain.

What:        Romans and ‘Barbarians’
When:     Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June, 11am – 5 pm
Where:     Old Sarum, Salisbury SP1 3SD
Prices:     Adult: £7.00/ Concession: £5.50/ Child: £3.80
English Heritage Members: Adult: £2.00/ Concession: £1.50/ Child: £0.50

Old Sarum on the English Heritage website
Old Sarum - our article on the site

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