Fishbourne Roman Palace

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Fishbourne Roman Palace

Upcoming Events At This Venue

April 6, 2020

Join in the Easter fun at the site of Britain’s first rabbits!  Follow the rabbit trail around the Palace grounds and join in some spring-time crafts.  Don’t miss the story of Fishbourne’s own rabbit, Patch who travelled all the way from Ancient Rome!

Start: April 6, 2020 11:00 am
End: April 10, 2020 3:00 pm

May 2, 2020

The Martlet Sword and Morris Men (formed in 1953) dance throughout each summer in and around Chichester.  They have also danced in most European Countries, and in well-known places such as the Royal Albert Hall.

One of their founder Members, Peter North, was the Engineering Assistant on site supervising the laying of the water main at the time of the discovery of Fishbourne Roman Palace 60 years ago.  He and his wife Gilly are also celebrating their Diamond Anniversary this April and Peter will be dancing with the Martlets.  At 88 years old he is one of England’s oldest active Morris Men.

Start: May 2, 2020 2:00 pm
End: May 2, 2020 3:00 pm

May 23, 2020

An interesting day course led by George Sharpley from the Latin Qvarter.

These colourful fabulous figures enliven the literature of the Romans. But what of their darker side, those mysterious powers with chilling consequences for mortals who err in some way or who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Religious beliefs embraced the ‘personality’ gods who figure in ancient literature and art, like Jupiter, Mars and Venus, and also all kinds of less visible spirits.

Set in these wonderful Roman remains, this course will follow stories and accounts from ancient authors, most in translation, although you will hear a little Latin too … Knowledge of Latin is not essential.
Cost £50 per person.  To book a place please contact palacebookings@sussexpast.co.uk or telephone 01243 785859

Start: May 23, 2020 10:00 am
End: May 23, 2020 4:00 pm

May 25, 2020

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A day of mosaic activities for all ages including guided tours around the ancient mosaics, mosaic demonstrations and make your own edible mosaic to take home.

Start: May 25, 2020 11:00 am
End: May 25, 2020 4:00 pm

June 24, 2020

All archaeologists’ conclusions about the past are founded on (and re-written by) the work of a small army of specialists, striving to understand how the objects archaeologists dig up show us how people once used those objects. But most of this specialist work takes place behind the scenes, without the public knowing what specialists contribute. Greg Campbell, The Naive Chemist, with over twenty years experience as a marine shell specialist, will discuss his recent re-examination of the shells from Fishbourne Palace and its neighbouring sites.  this is the perfect opportunity to find out why some oysters are frilly but others are boat-shaped, how archaeologists’ attitudes to old shells have evolved over time, and the real reason important sites are protected by law.  To book a place, please contact palacebookings@sussexpast.co.uk

 

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Start: June 24, 2020 6:00 pm
End: June 24, 2020 8:00 pm

August 4, 2020

Walk with our resident Archaeologist Dr Rob Symmons and his dog and find out more about the Roman history of Fishbourne and the surrounding area.

Cost £8 per person.  Places are limited so please book in advance by telephone 01243 785859 or email palacebookings@sussexpast.co.uk

Start: August 4, 2020 10:00 am
End: August 4, 2020 12:00 pm

August 6, 2020

Travel back in time every Thursday in August to the Roman era at the Palace.  Try your hand at activities from the ancient world.

Start: August 6, 2020 11:00 am
End: August 6, 2020 3:00 pm

August 13, 2020

Travel back in time every Thursday in August to the Roman era at the Palace.  Try your hand at activities from the ancient world.

Start: August 13, 2020 11:00 am
End: August 13, 2020 3:00 pm

August 20, 2020

Travel back in time every Thursday in August to the Roman era at the Palace.  Try your hand at activities from the ancient world.

Start: August 20, 2020 11:00 am
End: August 20, 2020 3:00 pm

August 22, 2020

Step back in time and enjoy the thrill of Gladiators in action on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd August.  It promises to be a thrilling, action-packed day as the Gladiators take up their arms at Fishbourne Roman Palace

The Gladiators of Britannia will bring alive the sights and sounds of the Roman amphitheatre with displays of gladiatorial contests in the Palace’s formal garden.  Portraying the wide range of people who found themselves in the arena, the Gladiators will use a variety of fighting techniques against each other, before the crowd decides on the fate of the loser.

The Gladiators will be on hand to talk about their equipment and training regime.  There will also be lots of hands-on activities for the whole family, including sword practice, Gladiator training, tasting Roman food, dress in Roman costume and even go home with a realistic-looking fake wound!

 

Start: August 22, 2020 10:00 am
End: August 23, 2020 5:00 pm

August 27, 2020

Travel back in time every Thursday in August to the Roman era at the Palace.  Try your hand at activities from the ancient world.

Start: August 27, 2020 11:00 am
End: August 27, 2020 3:00 pm

September 5, 2020

Batty about bats?  Enjoy a late-summer’s evening at the Palace on a walk and talk learning about the different species of bats that call the Palace ‘home’.  Using bat detectors, you will learn how each bat has a unique call.

Cost £8 per person.  Places are limited so please book in advance by telephone 01243 785859 or email palacebookings@sussexpast.co.uk

Start: September 5, 2020 6:00 am
End: September 5, 2020 8:00 pm

October 10, 2020

Find out all about hedgehogs as we are joined by Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital.  Find out how to welcome hedgehogs into your garden and build a home for them along with other crafts.

Start: October 10, 2020 11:00 am
End: October 10, 2020 3:00 pm

October 26, 2020

Get an army “tattoo”, try your hand at spear practice and see if you can earn your keep as a new recruit during Roman Army Week at Fishbourne Roman Palace.  Sign up with the recruitment officer and learn to write your name in Latin before completing a range of tasks to “earn” a day’s pay.  Other activities include archery, sword practice and dressing-up Roman-style. Once you have completed the activities, return to the recruitment officer, to receive a certificate and a (replica) Roman coin as your first day’s pay!

Start: October 26, 2020 10:00 am
End: October 30, 2020 4:00 pm

October 31, 2020

Decorate your very own cupcake!  Make it as scary as you like!

£3 per cake to include decorations

Start: October 31, 2020 11:00 am
End: October 31, 2020 3:00 pm

December 12, 2020

Visit the Palace Café and get creative with this festive pastime where you can decorate a Christmas biscuit to take home and hang on your tree.

£3 per child

 

Start: December 12, 2020 11:00 am
End: December 13, 2020 3:00 pm

December 19, 2020

Visit the Palace Café and get creative with this festive pastime where you can decorate a Christmas biscuit to take home and hang on your tree.

£3 per child

Start: December 19, 2020 11:00 am
End: December 19, 2020 3:00 pm