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Crowds enjoy a scorching weekend of Roman gladiators and combat at Caerleon

Nearly six thousand people enjoyed thrilling Roman combat at the Amphitheatre in Caerleon over the weekend.

The special guests for the weekend, Ars Dimicandi, a group of Italian gladiators, wowed crowds with their death-defying feats of courage and bravery.  Whilst the Cavalry charge caused many to react with a mixture of awe and fear as they raced across the field adjacent to the amphitheatre.

Nearly 500 children joined the Junior Legion and paraded into the Amphitheatre with banners, swords and shields.

Museum manager, Bethan Lewis, said “We are delighted at the turn-out for the Spectacular this year. In spite of the football, we had an exceptional number of people come along and enjoy the activities of the weekend. We had fantastic weather and the crowds enjoyed the thrill of the gladiators and re-enactors.”

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales operates seven national museums across Wales. These are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales celebrates its centenary in 2007. For more details go to our 07 pages.

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales is supporting the History Matters – Pass It On celebrations.  History Matters is a joint project between Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cadw, Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust. For more details go to

Entry to all the museums is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.