Roman Summer 2017

Join us this summer to celebrate all things Roman! All money raised will go towards our Roman Villa Renovation Project, which started in February 2016 and will cost £100,000 in total. Take part in Toga Tuesdays to learn more about Roman life, and visit our Glorious Games & Gladiators day to experience a real Roman gladiator fight! All our Roman Summer events are charged at normal entrance prices, and take place from 10am-5pm. 

Toga Tuesdays!Come along every Tuesday in August to learn a little more about Roman life…

1st August – Kitchen, Food & Home Life Taste delicious Roman cooking and find out what Romans loved to eat and drink; learn how the Romans completed domestic chores before modern technology; make your own clay oil lamp; create hot, tasty drinks using herbs and honey!

8th August – Wardrobe & Weapons Dress up as a Roman man, woman, boy or girl; have your hair styled like a Roman; learn about Roman make up and have your own makeover; have a look at real Roman weapons and even hold a gladius sword; find out how the Romans were so fierce in battle!

15th August – Art, Plays & Poetry Children can take part in a short production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with local theatre group Faybles; listen to original Roman poetry recitals in Poetry Corner; have a go at Roman seco painting and using different pigments and textures; create your own Vindolanda tablet; experiment with mosaics!

22nd August – Technology & Engineering Learn how to build a real working hypocaust, an underfloor heating system brought over by the Romans; learn how to build a Roman archway; find out what a gromer is and how it was used to make the famous Roman roads!

Glorious Games & Gladiators!Bank Holiday Monday 28th August Have you ever wondered what a real Roman gladiator day would have been like? Now you can experience it at Butser Ancient Farm! Watch a real gladiator fight in our special arena, visit a real Roman market stall to buy some intriguing items, and enjoy a variety of other entertainment across the site.