Romans to reclaim Lancaster Castle

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The Romans are coming to Lancaster Castle this weekend to reclaim their former fortress.

Legion VIII Augusta MGV is a group of enthusiasts of all ages and from all walks of life who have been researching, recreating and presenting examples of daily life in Roman Britain for more than 20 years.

This is their first visit to Lancaster Castle, spurred on by the national media coverage of recent archaeological activity led by the city’s Beyond the Castle project.

Visitors will be able to visit a living history encampment, enjoy military fighting and armoury demonstrations, view a Roman Torsion Artillery device as up close and try their hand at archery, Roman calligraphy and making their own denarius within the castle courtyard.

There will also be an opportunity to find out about the archaeological finds around the castle, with talks by Beyond the Castle’s lead archaeologist Jason Wood. Site tours to explore the current dig on Castle Hill will take place at regular intervals.

The Roman invasion will be open on July 23-24 from 10.30am to 5pm daily and there will be a nominal entry charge of £1 to the castle over the weekend (payable on the door).

Guided tours will also be taking place throughout the weekend. Tickets for the tours can be booked on 01524 64998 or in the gift shop. Turn to page 101 for more Lancaster Castle events.