Rome's legions are back - and in force

Living history is happening at Hadrian's Wall to recreate the life of Roman and Celtic people, 2000 years ago.

Roman Soldiers from Bonn in Germany

Living history is happening at Hadrian's Wall to recreate the life of Roman and Celtic people, 2000 years ago.

Pax Britannica at Waltown Recreation Site, Greenhead tomorrow brings together a wide range of re-enactors and artists.

Kevin Wallace of event organisers Wyrd Arts said: "We are now in the fourth year of the Pax Britannica and this one promises to be the best yet.

"We will have Roman Centurions boarding trains from Newcastle and Carlisle to the site, who will offer passengers a little bit of Roman history along the way.

"We will also invite the local community to Walltown Recreation Site to engage with historical characters and see Celtic tribe warrior displays and demonstrations of Roman Army siege weapons, along with domestic life and trades."

Funded by Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd, Northumberland National Park Authority and North-East regional Museums Hub, Pax Britannica is open to families and community groups.

Visitors are invited to buy tickets at Walltown Recreation Site entrance during the day. Children's tickets cost £2.50, adults are priced £4 and a family ticket for two adults and two children is £11. All tickets include admission into the nearby Roman Army Museum.

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It's a family affair at city festivals

Two spectacular city centre festivals are the star attractions in a weekend filled with family events.

Historic Durham is set to be filled with street theatre, performers and fireworks as the University continues to celebrate its 175th birthday.

Scheduled to complement the Durham Regatta and Palatinate sport events, the Illuminate Festival will offer entertainment throughout the day culminating in a dazzling display of acrobatics and a large-scale firework show.

Organisers are hoping the festival will add a new dimension to the traditional Durham Regatta.

Dubbed the "Henley of the North" the event, which is in its 173rd year, sees more than 500 teams compete on the River Wear.

Those opting for Newcastle will find the city centre turned into a green haven to mark the culmination of a week of activities to celebrate World Environment Day on Tuesday.

Live music, entertainment and local food will be on offer at the two-day event at Leazes Park, along with advice from environmental organisations about ways to be greener.

The 13th annual Green Festival, is expected to be the biggest ever, with organisers hoping to attract 15,000 people.

Meanwhile in Northumberland, big crowds are expected at the annual Miners' Picnic.

The demise of the county's coal industry has seen the event become more of a commemorative and family-orientated occasion.

The focus of this year's picnic will be a church service at the Holy Sepulchre Church at 11.30am today, before a full day of activities get underway at the new £17m Woodhorn Colliery Museum.

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