Castleford’s Roman heritage festival to be celebrated this weekend
Castleford's Roman heritage is being celebrated on Saturday, September 16, with the return of a popular festival which highlights life as it was two thousand years ago.
Now in its second year, Castleford Roman Festival, in partnership with Queen's Mill, will take place around the town centre and in Queen's Mill, from 10am - 4pm, offering exciting, educational and fun activities with a modern twist.
As part of the celebrations there will be Roman re-enactments, animal displays including horses and birds of prey and gladiator training for children. The family friendly event will also include a Roman themed shadow puppets workshop, free face painting and mask making in the museum and library, plus an interactive graffiti wall in the indoor market and free Roman swings.
People are also being encouraged to dress up and to take part in a Roman festival trail around the town, where they can find and tick off various characters on display in shop windows and business premises. Maps can be collected on the day from the library and museum, Queen's Mill and from the arena. Completed entries can be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 High Street shopping voucher.
Children can print off and design their own Roman helmet to wear at the festival from www.experiencewakefield.co.uk and join in a march at 11am from Millennium Bridge to Queen's Mill.
Castleford Tigers players past and present will also be joining the celebrations on the day between 1.30pm - 2.30pm to mark improvements in the town centre.
Castleford museum is offering free drop-in sessions where visitors will have a rare opportunity to touch and handle objects from two thousand years ago.
The Castleford Roman Festival builds on the success of last year's first heritage day.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Deputy Leader, said: "Come and join in our second Castleford Roman Festival. It was a great success last year and I hope that residents and visitors will enjoy this unique event, celebrating our heritage, by having fun and enjoying the entertainment."
For more information on the festival visit www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/romanfest or www.facebook.com/eventsinwakefield