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May 29, 2017

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A new event exploring all aspects of ancient gardens!
On Monday 29th May, join in with talks, tours, demonstrations and workshops covering everything from medicine to ancient garden design, Roman cuisine to natural dyes.

Part of the Palace site is a Roman garden – the oldest known formal garden in the country. Reconstructed from archaeological evidence, the hedges, trees and flower beds are planted directly into the bedding pits and trenches left by the Romans, enabling visitors to step back in time to the grounds as they were two thousand years ago.

The Palace would like to invite visitors to come and explore the garden in greater depth. On Monday 29th May, a cornucopia of horticulturalists, gardeners, garden historians and creatives will be on hand to lead you through the history of gardens.

Although Fishbourne Roman Palace Garden is so ancient, it feels remarkably familiar. The features which make up the garden are those that are still used today – hedges, lawn, gravel paths, a statement tree, flower beds and so on. If these features were in use by the Romans, where did they come from? How and why did these features develop? Join one of the tours on the day to find out…  FPR triclnium smaller

Tucked away into a corner of the Palace site is the Research Garden. Established in the 1990s by garden historian Claire Ryley, it showcases many of the plants that the Romans brought to Britain. Here can be found not only more exotic species such as figs, grapes and citrons but also more homely broad beans, leeks, parsnip and thyme. So what else did the Romans bring to Britain? How much of our modern diet can they be thanked for? Most importantly, where did the Romans themselves find these plants originally?

Do you enjoy dining al fresco? The ancients got there first, and in some style! Experience the outdoor triclinium which looks out across the small formal pool, through the pergola and over the garden. Shaded by vines and made comfortable by cushions, wraps and throws, here the Romans could sip their cooled Falernian wine and feast on suckling pig, sweet wine cakes and spelt bread. Waited on by slaves to save them having to stretch too far to reach their food, the Romans could make the most of long, lazy summer days.

So how have gardens and gardening changed? Explore the Garden Museum and find out about ancient garden tools and methods of gardening. Ask our team of experienced gardeners about pruning fruit trees, caring for grape vines and looking after many of our more specialist plants.Asset NameVB34135218

If you would like to take some of the experience home with you, why not treat yourself to one or two of the plants on sale? Try a different species which the Romans brought over to Britain and find out how to make use of it. Talk to the specialist producers on site and listen to them explain how they employ these ingredients and how they can be used in the home.

Come and find a different perspective on gardens, their plants and garden features. Who knows how far the ancient influence may spread!

Start: May 29, 2017 10:00 am
End: May 29, 2017 5:00 pm

June 14, 2017

Herbs were very important in Roman times and used widely in cooking and medicine.  In this session we look at the different types of herbs the Roman used and what they used them for.Fishbourne (web) 216

Fishbourne Roman Palace will be running a programme of Wednesday afternoon Creative Conversations specifically for those living with dementia and their families.  Find out a bit more about Roman life, try a new practical skill and enjoy a chat over tea and coffee in a comfortable environment.

Each session will run from 2.45pm – 4pm and the cost is £5 per person which includes refreshments.  Places should be booked in advance.  To book, please telephone 01243 785859.

Start: June 14, 2017 2:45 pm
End: June 14, 2017 4:00 pm

July 1, 2017

Step back in time and enjoy the thrill of Gladiators in action at Fishbourne Roman Palace on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July.Gladiator image

Re-enactment group Britannia depict the sorts of people found in the fighting arena such as soldiers who found themselves on the wrong side of mutinies, criminals or slaves, born to fight.  They will be on hand to talk about their equipment and fighting tactics and there will be displays of gladiatorial contests in the formal Roman garden.  There will also be lots of ‘hands-on’ activities for the whole family.

Visitors to the event can also discover objects from 2,000 years ago, take a guided tour and get a different perspective on the biggest collection of early mosaic floors north of Rome.

Start: July 1, 2017 10:00 am
End: July 2, 2017 5:00 pm

July 8, 2017

 

Create and sample the simple tastes of Roman Cuisine.

During this practical workshop, you will learn a little about Roman dining, then create and taste a number of simple dishes based on the authentic recipes which have survived from the time.  There may be a few surprises as our tutor leads you through the day, but no dormice or peacocks will be harmed in our journey to discover the tastes of the everyday Roman!

Places should be booked in advance and the cost is £45 per person.  Please telephone 01243 785859 to book your place.IMG_1545

Start: July 8, 2017 10:00 am
End: July 8, 2017 4:00 pm

July 12, 2017

Join this session to make a Roman inspired collage.

Fishbourne Roman Palace will be running a programme of Wednesday afternoon Creative Conversations specifically for those living with dementia and their families.  Find out a bit more about Roman life, try a new practical skill and enjoy a chat over tea and coffee in a comfortable environment.

Each session will run from 2.45pm – 4pm and the cost is £5 per person which includes refreshments.  Places should be booked in advance.  To book, please telephone 01243 785859.

Start: July 12, 2017 2:45 am
End: July 12, 2017 4:00 pm

July 15, 2017

Find out all about coins from the past.  When and why were they first used?  What do they tell us and how do archaeologists care for them?  This is your opportunity to investigate some historic coins, find out how they were made and then design your own coin to take away.

coins croppedTogi’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 selected 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 a place.  The cost is £15 per child, per session.

Start: July 15, 2017 10:00 am
End: July 15, 2017 12:30 pm

July 25, 2017

More than 50 years after its discovery, archaeologists will be back on the site at Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer providing visitors to the Palace with the opportunity to join in and try their hand at excavation. boy digging

From Tuesday 25th – Friday 4th August, in conjunction with the Festival of British Archaeology, a trench will be dug and visitors will be given the chance to get their hands dirty and, if they are lucky, find a Roman artefact or two. They will then be able to wash their finds, have them identified by an expert and be shown what happens next.

Event is included in standard admission charges. No need to book, just come along and join in!

Start: July 25, 2017 11:00 am
End: August 4, 2017 4:00 pm

August 3, 2017

Summer FunDon’t miss the fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer when there’s a chance to try all things Roman!  On Thursdays in August the Palace will come alive with hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy.  There will an opportunity to create clay lamps and coil pots, have a go at dressing up as a Roman, make your own mosaic design, play some Roman games, explore the Roman gardens, and find out about the wine the Romans drank!

Start: August 3, 2017 11:00 am
End: August 3, 2017 3:00 pm

August 10, 2017

Summer FunDon’t miss the fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer when there’s a chance to try all things Roman!  On Thursdays in August the Palace will come alive with hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy.  There will an opportunity to create clay lamps and coil pots, have a go at dressing up as a Roman, make your own mosaic design, play some Roman games, explore the Roman gardens, and find out about the wine the Romans drank!

Start: August 10, 2017 11:00 am
End: August 10, 2017 3:00 pm

August 17, 2017

Summer FunDon’t miss the fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer when there’s a chance to try all things Roman!  On Thursdays in August the Palace will come alive with hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy.  There will an opportunity to create clay lamps and coil pots, have a go at dressing up as a Roman, make your own mosaic design, play some Roman games, explore the Roman gardens, and find out about the wine the Romans drank!

Start: August 17, 2017 11:00 am
End: August 17, 2017 4:00 pm

August 24, 2017

Summer FunDon’t miss the fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer when there’s a chance to try all things Roman!  On Thursdays in August the Palace will come alive with hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy.  There will an opportunity to create clay lamps and coil pots, have a go at dressing up as a Roman, make your own mosaic design, play some Roman games, explore the Roman gardens, and find out about the wine the Romans drank!

Start: August 24, 2017 11:00 am
End: August 24, 2017 3:00 pm

August 31, 2017

Summer FunDon’t miss the fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer when there’s a chance to try all things Roman!  On Thursdays in August the Palace will come alive with hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy.  There will an opportunity to create clay lamps and coil pots, have a go at dressing up as a Roman, make your own mosaic design, play some Roman games, explore the Roman gardens, and find out about the wine the Romans drank!

Start: August 31, 2017 11:00 am
End: August 31, 2017 3:00 pm

September 9, 2017

wool dyeDiscover the natural dyes used by people during the Iron Age.  This practical workshop for beginners includes the chance to prepare dye baths and dye samples of wool using natural, plant based colours.

Places should be booked in advance and the cost is £45 per person.  Please telephone 01243 785859 to book your place.

Start: September 9, 2017 10:00 am
End: September 9, 2017 4:00 pm

September 13, 2017

Clay tiles were very important in Roman times – find out why!Fishbourne (web) 43

Fishbourne Roman Palace will be running a programme of Wednesday afternoon Creative Conversations specifically for those living with dementia and their families.  Find out a bit more about Roman life, try a new practical skill and enjoy a chat over tea and coffee in a comfortable environment.

Each session will run from 2.45pm – 4pm and the cost is £5 per person which includes refreshments.  Places should be booked in advance.  To book, please telephone 01243 785859.

Start: September 13, 2017 2:45 pm
End: September 13, 2017 4:00 pm

September 16, 2017

Find out about archaeological footprints – how do they survive, what can they tell us and who left them thee?  Investigate the evidence, from early human footsteps to Roman dog paw-prints, then make your own archaeological footprint. Tile with print

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 selected 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 a place.  The cost is £15 per child, per session.

Start: September 16, 2017 10:00 am
End: September 16, 2017 12:30 pm

October 11, 2017

Painted walls in Roman times were the equivalent of todays wall-paper!  What was their design and inspiration and what colours were fashionable at the time.

Fishbourne Roman Palace will be running a programme of Wednesday afternoon Creative Conversations specifically for those living with dementia and their families.  Find out a bit more about Roman life, try a new practical skill and enjoy a chat over tea and coffee in a comfortable environment.

Each session will run from 2.45pm – 4pm and the cost is £5 per person which includes refreshments.  Places should be booked in advance.  To book, please telephone 01243 785859.

Start: October 11, 2017 2:45 pm
End: October 11, 2017 4:00 pm

October 14, 2017

Be inspired by the beautiful 2,000 year old mosaics at Fishbourne Roman Palace and spend a day making your own mosaic. 

art-mosaic-293x220This special Mosaic Making course gives you a chance to take a closer look at some of the most famous Roman mosaics in the country.  Starting with a short tour of the mosaics on display at Fishbourne Roman Palace, you will then have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques required to create a mosaic panel.   Learn how to nip and lay out your design using ceramic tiles of tones that reflect those in the Palace.  You will then be shown how to grout your finished piece to create a durable panel. 

Places should be booked in advance and the cost is £45 per person.  Please telephone 01243 785859 to book your place.

 

Start: October 14, 2017 10:00 am
End: October 14, 2017 4:30 pm

A little Latin is needed for this two day course – a perfect follow on from the Latin for Beginners course.

On the first day we visit Rome in the early days, covering legendary figures, such as Hannibal, Caesar and Mark Antony.  On the second day we explore Imperial Rome and the lives of people in Rome and the provinces.

This course combines history, language and the words of the classical authors, to create a fascinating picture of life around 2,000 years ago.

This enjoyable and informative weekend course for adults will be led by George Sharpley from The Latin Qvarter.  The course is ideal for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the history of Rome through the language.  The whistlestop tour slows down at regular intervals to a much gentleboys head cropped - Copyr pace in order to read short selections of Latin written by the classical authors.

£90 per person.  Includes tea & coffee, all materials and entry to the Roman Palace.  To book your place, please telephone 01243 785859 or email palacebookings@sussexpast.co.uk

 

Start: October 14, 2017 10:00 am
End: October 15, 2017 4:30 pm

November 8, 2017

The Romans played a variety of board games using counters.  In this session you can find out some of the games were and play one.roman games 2

Fishbourne Roman Palace will be running a programme of Wednesday afternoon Creative Conversations specifically for those living with dementia and their families.  Find out a bit more about Roman life, try a new practical skill and enjoy a chat over tea and coffee in a comfortable environment.

Each session will run from 2.45pm – 4pm and the cost is £5 per person which includes refreshments.  Places should be booked in advance.  To book, please telephone 01243 785859.

Start: November 8, 2017 2:45 pm
End: November 8, 2017 4:00 pm

December 13, 2017

A Roman Bulla was the equivalent to a purse today.  It was a small pouch which children would wear around their neck where they would keep a lucky charm.  In this session you will be able to make your own bulla.

Fishbourne Roman Palace will be running a programme of Wednesday afternoon Creative Conversations specifically for those living with dementia and their families.  Find out a bit more about Roman life, try a new practical skill and enjoy a chat over tea and coffee in a comfortable environment.

Each session will run from 2.45pm – 4pm and the cost is £5 per person which includes refreshments.  Places should be booked in advance.  To book, please telephone 01243 785859.

Start: December 13, 2017 2:45 pm
End: December 13, 2017 4:00 pm