Birdoswald Roman Fort (English Heritage)
Birdoswald Roman Fort stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.
Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archaeological site
1-31 Oct daily 10am-4pm, 1 Nov-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
- English Heritage
The Imperial Roman Army
Join the armoured ranks of the Ermine Street Guard as the imperial Roman army is put through its training. Youngsters can join in the drill and training with sessions throughout the day, or meet the Roman potter with hands on fun for all junior potters.
- Any age
Roman Pottery School
Local master potter Graham Taylor recreates the life of the travelling craftsman from Roman Britain, complete with his handcart, where the cart wheel turns into the potters wheel. There are opportunities for hands on fun for all junior potters too.
- Family friendly
Children's Roman Soldier School
Join our Centurion for some hands on fun – with Roman themed craft activities throughout the day from colouring and paper helmet making to games to Roman drill and Roman artefact handling. Plus, try on costumes, Roman armour and a Centurion’s helmet.
- Family friendly
Crafty Romans Discovery Visit
Make your own piece of Rome to take home and/or come face to face with a Roman soldier in full uniform!Explore Roman life through a guided tour of the site, handle objects and meet a soldier to learn and ask questions about life in the Roman Army. Three different activity sessions are also available. Making replicas of Roman helmets involves discussion about uniform, armour and weapons; jewellery-making explores dress and wealth; and mosaic-making focuses on homes and style.
Duartion: 1 hour
Key Stage: 1, 2, History, Literacy, Art
How to obtain
Call 01697 747602 to arrange a 1 hour session. Price £3 per participant for 'meet the Roman soldier' sessions and £60 per group of up to 30 pupils for Art and Craft sessions until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19831 for more information.