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Fishbourne Roman Palace

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August 22, 2019

Every Thursday in August we are offering an opportunity to to travel back in time 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. Activities are included in the admission charge and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: August 22, 2019 11:00 am
End: August 22, 2019 3:00 pm

August 29, 2019

Every Thursday in August we are offering an opportunity to to travel back in time 2,000 years and experience life in Roman times with lots of craft activities and things to make and do. Activities are included in the admission charge and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: August 29, 2019 11:00 am
End: August 29, 2019 3:00 pm

August 31, 2019

The thrill of the Roman battle returns to Fishbourne Roman Palace on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.

The event features the leading Roman research society, Ermine Street Guard, and includes displays of weaponry, warfare and battle tactics.  You can see how a Roman soldier would have trained, enjoy the firing of artillery pieces, marvel at wonderful authentic replica armour and wander round a static army camp display. Discover the remedies used to treat everything from sore, marching feet to battle wounds and challenge an opponent at Tabula, a game the Roman Soldiers played during their spare time. 

The Ermine Street Guard is a society dedicated to research into the Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment. It gives public displays at major Roman sites throughout the UK and Europe. Each piece of equipment is made as authentically as possible, based on recent research.

Start: August 31, 2019 10:00 am
End: September 1, 2019 5:00 pm

September 7, 2019

Join us for an evening with Andy Burnham who will be joining us for an interesting talk about  The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland.

A highly illustrated talk based around many of the fascinating themes, new discoveries and mysteries highlighted in the book The Old Stones, along with a look at lesser known but interesting sites in the local area. The Old Stones is the most comprehensive and thought-provoking field guide ever published to the iconic standing stones and prehistoric places of Britain and Ireland, and was awarded Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2019.  Andy is the lead author, along with other contributors to the huge Megalithic Portal web resource which he founded and has been running continuously since 2001.
Andy will also talk about:

  • Sussex flint mines and the intriguing carvings left in them
  • Kent Megaliths and the oldest Neolithic Hall in Britain
  • Dolmens, propped stones and ‘proto dolmes’ and how, why and where they were constructed
  • Folklore of a Dartmoor stone circle
  • Ancient trackways, long distance journeys to Stonehenge and seasonal feasting at Durrington Walls
  • Use of colour in megalithic monuments (eg Anglesey)
  • Strange experiences at sites
  • Huge wooden monuments the size of four football fields and how archaeologists thing they were used
  • A ‘whistle stop’ tour with amazing photos of prehistoric sites from all over the UK

The talk will be followed by a guided tour by the Fishbourne’s Curator, Dr Rob Symmons.  Tickets are £14 per person to include a glass of wine and nibbles. Places are limited so please reserve your place by telephoning 01243 785859.

Start: September 7, 2019 7:00 pm
End: September 7, 2019 7:00 pm

September 21, 2019

What did the Romans know about space and our solar system – and what is our archaeological evidence?  Discover what Romans knew about planets, the stars and navigation over 2,000 years ago.

Togi’s Team is a club for budding young archaeologists aged 6-12 years.  Our regular Togi’s Team sessions are held from 10am-12.30pm on Saturdays at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance.  Please contact us at least 7 days before the session on 01243 785859 to book your place.  Each session will cost £15 per child.

Start: September 21, 2019 10:00 am
End: September 21, 2019 12:30 pm

October 5, 2019

A day course for beginners to learn the techniques of mosaic making and to make a small mosaic panel inspired by the originals on show at the Palace.

Places should be booked in advance. £50 per person for ages 16+

Start: October 5, 2019 10:00 am
End: October 5, 2019 4:00 pm

October 28, 2019

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 this Half Term. 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 28, 2019 10:00 am
End: November 1, 2019 3:00 pm

November 16, 2019

Discover Latin brought to life at one of Britain’s most famous Roman sites.

Spend a day learning Latin in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Meet the classical authors and dip into their writing, discover the basis of many English words and hear the sound of classical Latin read aloud.

This enjoyable and informative one-day course for adults will be led by George Sharpley from The Latin Qvarter.  The course is ideal for those interested in gaining a glimpse of the past through language.  The mixture of historical references, vocabulary and grammar makes this an inspiring course for all, from complete beginners to those who would like to brush up on their knowledge.

The course costs £50 for the day which includes tea and coffee on arrival, entry to the Roman Palace and all materials.  Places are limited so please book in advance by telephoning 01243 785859 or

Start: November 16, 2019 10:00 am
End: November 16, 2019 4:30 pm