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A Spectacular Roman time in Caerleon this summer

A Spectacular Roman time awaits you at Caerleon this August. 19th August 2014 will mark the Bimillennial anniversary of the death of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. So the National Roman Legion Museum invite you to Be an Emperor for the Day! This day marks 2,000 years since the first Roman Emperor, Augustus died. Join our craft workshop to wear a toga, make head wreaths and coins.19 August, 11am-5pm.

Visitors to the musuem during August can also come and take part in the prize Roman trail around the Museum and garden from 1-21 August, Monday - Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 2-5pm or come and meet the everyday Romans – Meet our Roman cook, doctor and soldier to find out more about life in Roman times, 1–21 August 2014, Monday - Saturday 11am – 4pm, Sunday 2-4pm.

August also sees a fantastic weekend of Roman re-enactment as Empire: A Roman Spectacular takes placesin Caerleon Amphitheatre and the National Roman Legion Museum on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 August, 11am-5pm. Be part of it and experience a day out to remember. (Adults £5; Concessions £4 and Family ticket £15)

Caerleon’s Amphitheatre will echo to the sound of marching feet as the soldier’s display the weapons that made the Roman army the best fighting force on earth. Watch as the horses are put through their paces in the arena.

Enjoy a modern twist on ancient entertainment as we welcome free runners to the arena as well as fire eaters, jugglers and dancers! There are plenty of ways to get involved as well. And the best bit – once you’ve paid your entrance fee, everything apart from the food is included!

Come and see life 2,000 years ago and have an activity packed day out for all the family.

Museum Manager, Dai Price, said:

“We’re really looking forward to August, it’s going to a busy and enjoyable month for us and for visitors. Augustus is one of the few historical individuals who can genuinely be said to have changed the world around him but he is not as widely known as other Emperors and leaders such as Nero, Julius Caesar and Caligula. So this is a perfect opportunity for visitors to find out more about him!

“And we are delighted to be putting the Roman Spectacular on again over a whole weekend in August. Come and step back in time to see life 2,000 years ago and have an activity packed day out for all the family; there’s something for everyone, from sword fighting to shopping - or just  sit back and be amazed at the action in the Amphitheatre. There’s so much to see and do – it’s a great value day out.”