It's Rome from home as history plays its part

Life around Hadrian's Wall under the Roman occupation will be recreated at the weekend.

Life around Hadrian's Wall under the Roman occupation will be recreated at the weekend.

The Pax Britannica event will be at Walltown recreation site near Greenhead, Northumberland, from 10am-5pm on Sunday(June 11).

The day will conjure up the lives of native locals, along with aspects of Roman civilian and military life.

Re-enactors from across the UK will join North-East artists to portray life at the time and the site will host encampments of Celtic and Roman civilians, soldiers and tradespeople.

Roman Tours from Chester are bringing soldiers and gladiators for an arena show, while the North-East's Roma Antiqua will display Roman military and civilian life, including the Scorpion siege weapon. There will also be the Hadrian's Wall Farmers' Market at Greenhead and the ticket price will include a visit to the nearby Carvoran Roman Army Museum and car parking.

Simon Brooks, of the Hadrian's Wall Tourism Partnership, said: "This is a much more hands-on, living history approach."

Kevin Wallace, of Wryd Arts - which will also be involved - said: " We want to show people that the Wall wasn't just about the Roman Army and that there were people here before the Romans came.

"They lived side by side and this event gives a real sense of what that mixture of cultures might have been like."

It will cost £4 for adults, £2.50 for children and £11 for a family. Details on (01434) 322 002.

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