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Fishbourne Roman Palace

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May 2, 2018

Discover the form of Roman writing, dipping into ink and writing your name.

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: May 2, 2018 2:45 pm
End: May 2, 2018 4:00 pm

May 7, 2018

Join us for a day of enjoyment and exploration focusing on the most famous aspect of the site – the stunning mosaic floors.  This special Mosaic Mayhem! event gives visitors of all ages a chance to find out more about mosaics, how they are designed and made, and to try some mosaic making for themselves.

DescriptionFishbourne Roman Palace is in the village of Fishbourne, Chichester in West Sussex.

The mosaics at Fishbourne Roman Palace are some of the best early mosaics in Britain – and today they can be seen in the place where they were laid nearly 2,000 years ago.  This event offers a fantastic opportunity to explore how and why these mosaics were laid, and to discover what it might have been like to make and walk on these floors.

During the day there will be a chance to join dedicated guided tours and to handle original tiles or tesserae from the Roman mosaics found at the Palace.  There will also be an opportunity to see demonstrations of mosaic making by our in-house artist and to find out more about modern mosaic making.  Visitors will be able to find out more about different mosaic designs, and there will be opportunities to make your own mosaic using a range of different materials.

Younger visitors can enjoy making an edible mosaic using sweet treats in our special workshop and there will also be a chance to dress in Roman costume and find out how a mosaic floor would feel underfoot!  We will also be inviting everyone to add a piece to our giant mosaic design which will grow throughout the day.

Start: May 7, 2018 11:00 am
End: May 7, 2018 4:00 pm

May 12, 2018

Join George Sharpley from the Latin Qvarter to explore Roman Britain through some of the original writings of the time.

The Romans were astonished to find women ruling tribes. Boudicca is the best known, whose turbulent time in power lasted only a few months, while her contemporary Cartimandua ruled the largest tribe in Britain and survived years of political trouble – including from her husband.

Spend a day looking at the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain, leading up to the explosive rebellion of the Iceni tribe.

The cost is £45 per person.  includes tea and coffee on arrival, all materials and entry to the Roman Place.  Places are limited – to book please telephone 01243 785859

Start: May 12, 2018 10:00 am
End: May 12, 2018 4:30 pm

May 28, 2018

Fishbourne 502018 marks the 50th anniversary of Fishbourne Roman Palace opening to the public!

28th May 1968 was the official opening day and we are celebrating this special day.

Start: May 28, 2018 10:00 am
End: May 28, 2018 5:00 pm

June 2, 2018

Gardens in Time, the Ancient Garden Affair is a garden show with a difference!

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.

Set around the reconstructed Roman garden at the Palace, the aim is to present familiar garden plants and features in an unfamiliar way.  Tours will explain how pergolas, ponds and statuary have been in use since ancient times and why they first appeared.  There will be a cornucopia of horticulturalists, gardeners, garden historians and creatives on hand to lead you through the history of gardens.

Start: June 2, 2018 10:00 am
End: June 3, 2018 5:00 pm

June 6, 2018

These fascinating pieces of art were the ‘carpets’ of the Romans.  Discover the meanings and icons used in Roman mosaics.  What did they represent?

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 6, 2018 2:45 pm
End: June 6, 2018 4:00 pm

June 9, 2018

Although the digital age is here to stay, who can resist the feel of a book?  All those pages ready to be turned!  Fishbourne Roman Palace is offering you the chance to create your own hand-made book using a traditional technique.

Make the most of this unique opportunity to draw inspiration from original Roman designs from around Fishbourne Roman Palace and then learn the skills to bind and decorate a book. During the morning participants will look at the ways in which the Romans made imitation marbling and will create their own marbled papers.  Then, in the afternoon, there will be a chance to learn the techniques required to make a hand-made book using the Coptic binding technique, first used by Christians in Egypt in the 2nd century AD.

The cost is £45 per person.  includes tea and coffee on arrival, all materials and entry to the Roman Place.  Places are limited – to book please telephone 01243 785859

Start: June 9, 2018 10:00 am
End: June 9, 2018 4:00 pm

July 4, 2018

Here at Fishbourne we have Britain’s first garden.  Most dwellings had outside land in which to grow food and keep animals but the Romans at Fishbourne transformed the grounds into magnificent gardens, with a formal planting, statues and fountains.  A place to walk around and enjoy the splendour of being outside in a beautiful place – something we recognise today.

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Roman Gardens at Fishbourne

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 4, 2018 2:45 pm
End: July 4, 2018 4:00 pm

July 24, 2018

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology and take part in our excavation.  Find out about archaeological conservation and quiz our experts.

This event is included in our admission charges and is available for all visitors to join.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: July 24, 2018 10:00 am
End: August 3, 2018 4:00 pm

August 2, 2018

Don’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 2, 2018 11:00 am
End: August 2, 2018 3:00 pm

August 4, 2018

Step back in time to when the palace was first built by visiting the Vicus encampment to find out more about daily life in Roman Britain.  Watch the soldiers at training and see who fares best in battle – the Celts or the Romans?

Start: August 4, 2018 10:00 am
End: August 5, 2018 5:00 pm

August 8, 2018

The Romans loved marble and used it as inspiration to decorate.  Discover how to recreate the marbling effect on paper.

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: August 8, 2018 2:45 pm
End: August 8, 2018 4:00 pm

August 9, 2018

Don’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 9, 2018 11:00 am
End: August 9, 2018 3:00 pm

August 16, 2018

Don’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 16, 2018 11:00 am
End: August 16, 2018 3:00 pm

August 23, 2018

Don’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 23, 2018 11:00 am
End: August 23, 2018 3:00 pm

August 30, 2018

Don’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 30, 2018 11:00 am
End: August 30, 2018 3:00 pm

September 5, 2018

Pots, pots and more pots!  No glass jars and packets for the Romans – they used ceramic pots for storage and cooking and each one had to be made individually.  Discover the various designs, sizes, styles and designs.

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 5, 2018 2:45 pm
End: September 5, 2018 4:00 pm

September 8, 2018

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

This 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.

Cost for this day course will be £45 per person and places should be booked in advance.  Please telephone 01243 785859 to book your place.

 

Start: September 8, 2018 10:00 am
End: September 8, 2018 4:00 pm

October 3, 2018

What did the Romans use glass for?  At Fishbourne, we don’t have a huge collection of Roman glass due to its fragility, but we do have small fragments of different coloured glass, painstakingly made by specialist craftsmen.

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 3, 2018 2:45 pm
End: October 3, 2018 4:00 pm

October 13, 2018

A day course for those with a little Latin, focusing on stories from the ancient world.  This course is primarily focused on the language, taking it step-by-step through the grammar and vocabulary.  We will follow several entertaining stories from the ancient world and we will be looking at Latin words at the root of English ones.

This enjoyable and informative one-day course for adults will be led by George Sharpley from the Latin Qvarter.

This course is ideal for those who have attended the Latin for Beginners course.  An introductory assignment will be set for completion before the course.

The cost is £45 per person.  includes tea and coffee on arrival, all materials and entry to the Roman Place.  Places are limited – to book please telephone 01243 785859

Start: October 13, 2018 10:00 am
End: October 13, 2018 4:00 pm

October 22, 2018

Come along and join the Fishbourne Roman Army!  Sign up with the recruitment officer and write your name in Latin before completing a range of tasks to ‘earn’ a days pay.  Soldiers will have to fall into line under the watchful eye of the Drill Officer and parade around the formal gardens of the Palace.  Master ‘sword’ and ‘spear’ practice, learn about the medicines used 2,000 years ago and see how soldiers relaxed by playing board games.  Taste Roman-style food and acquire your own SPQR ‘tattoo’ and a fake wound if you are brave enough!

Try other skills on offer during the event, including archery, ‘stone’ throwing and dressing-up Roman-style. Once you have completed certain activities, you can return to the recruitment officer, who will issue you with a certificate and a (replica) Roman coin as your first day’s pay!

Start: October 22, 2018 10:00 am
End: October 26, 2018 4:00 pm

November 7, 2018

What games did the Roman play?  Some of them will be familiar and still played today.

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 7, 2018 2:45 pm
End: November 7, 2018 4:00 pm