Roman Festival returns to Castleford

07/05/2019, PR-9048

Castleford Roman Festival
Castleford Roman Festival

Castleford's Roman heritage is being celebrated on Saturday 1 June with the return of a popular festival which highlights life as it was 2,000 years ago. 

Now in its fourth year, the Castleford Roman Festival, in partnership with Queen's Mill, will take place around the town centre and in Queen's Mill, offering exciting, educational and fun activities with a modern twist.

Activities in the town centre from 10am - 4pm will include face painting, a Roman-themed photo booth and stalls delivering free activities including basket weaving, carpentry and pottery, all set up as they would have been in Roman times.

There will be a petting farm with a selection of animals to handle including pygmy goats, rabbits and lambs and visitors can also take photos with a number of birds of prey which will be on display.

New this year will be a static sensory installation piece called BEES! The Colony, where visitors can wander amongst a honey-perfumed bee colony, finding a variety of ways to view and interact with the contents of the bee hives in each of which is a surprising twist. 

Tom Stannard, Wakefield Council's Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: "Come and join in our fourth Castleford Roman Festival. It has been a great success in previous years and I hope that residents and visitors will enjoy this unique event, celebrating our heritage, by having fun and enjoying the entertainment."

Other activities will take place at Queen's Mill between 10am - 3pm including pottery, Roman-themed activities and games, food and drink and displays of Roman Castleford.

For more information on the festival visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/romanfest or follow @MyWakefield on Facebook and Twitter using #RomanFest

Birds of prey display
Birds of prey display

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