On Saturday (20th August), it’s all happening here at the Roman circus centre! – come and see!
We’ve got a kids’ sand-pit dig, 11.00-3.00 – an Aquila board-game session, 11.00-2.00 – a Blue Badge guided tour of the Roman circus site and centre, at 12.30 and 1.30 – and ‘The two Daves’ in concert, 2.00-4.00.
*** Kids’ sand-pit dig – come and try your hand at excavating with a real archaeologist – and keep what you find!
11:00 am to 3:00 pm – in the marquee
Join Trust archaeologists Emma Holloway, Ben Holloway and Laura Pooley, Trust excavator Sarah Carter and Trust volunteer Brenda May, and try your hand at sand-pit excavating actual archaeological finds! Learn how to process your finds and get them identified.
Also themed craft activities – and more!
For ages 5-10: please wear old clothes and bring an adult with you.
Length of sessions might be limited if popular.
*** Aquila with Alex – 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
Come and play Aquila at the Roman circus centre with Alex, who has created this popular board-game based on the Roman board-game ludus latrunculorum.
Alex describes his game of Aquila: ‘… Based on an interpretation of an ancient 2,000-year-old game discovered in Stanway by the Colchester Archaeological Trust in 1996, this is a simple-to-learn and addictive strategy game once played by the ancient rulers and warriors of Colchester in the time of Cunobelin and the Roman emperors …’ .
Aquila is a game for two players: Alex will bring ten game-boards and teach visitors how to play.
For players aged 10 years and over: all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
*** Blue Badge guided tour of the Roman circus centre and site – at 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm AND 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm
Meet at the Roman circus model inside the visitor centre.
Today Jonathan will be continuing our summer season of Blue Badge guided tours of the Roman circus site and centre.
Jonathan is a Colchester Blue Badge guide and a member of the Trust’s Council of Management.
*** ‘The two Daves’ – performing popular songs from the 1950s and 1960s!
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The two Daves are two local guitarists/vocalists. They will be performing on the stage in our tea room – so come and sing along to some of your favourite songs!
The circus centre, site and tea room are open Monday-Saturday, 11.00am-4.00pm. Admission is free. The tea room is open to visitors and non-visitors. The circus centre, site and tea room are pushchair-/wheelchair-accessible.
We look forward to seeing you!