Enjoy May Bank Holiday Roman-style with the Royal Armouries - Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Head down to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this Bank Holiday Weekend (May 1-3) and step back 2,000 years with have-a-go fun – Roman style!

Watch a Roman-style makeover, magnificent birds of prey in action and marvel at a special themed horseshow at the Armouries’ Roman weekend.

Spend three days being entertained Roman-style at Britain’s oldest museum, at its ultra-modern headquarters at Clarence Dock, Leeds. Entry to the museum is free although small charges apply for some events.

Running each day from 11am to 4pm, events are aimed at the whole family, with have-a-go fun for younger visitors including sword-fighting, replica artefact handling and art and crafts sessions.

The weekend programme, with prices is below.

Roman Themed horseshow

Daily at 2pm, £2.50 adults, £1.50 con, approx 20 mins – Tiltyard


Daily at 12 noon, £1.50 adult, £1.00 con, approx 20 mins – Tiltyard


Daily 11am-4pm, Free

Have a go sessions (Sword fighting)

Daily 12.45, £3 per child, 12 children per session, 8years minimum or above 4 foot – Dojo/Oriental Gallery


Daily 11am, meet at Hall of Steel – Free

Arts & Crafts

Daily 11am – 4pm, make Roman swords and helmets, £1 – Oriental gallery (teahouse area).


Daily 12noon to 4pm, free – Oriental Gallery Gallery

Roman Makeover

Join archaeologist and specialist in ancient cosmetics Sally Pointer as we transform a member of the Armouries staff from a 21st Century woman into a fashionable Roman using accurately reconstructed perfumes and cosmetics. Between the makeover sessions, look out for Sally in the war gallery and have a closer look at the equipment and ingredients found on the Roman dressing table.
12.45 & 3pm– War Gallery (Fireplace)

Meet 4th Century Roman legionaries Stilicho and Quintus

A chance to handle replica Roman items and find out about what life was like on the northern frontier of the empire, 1,650 years ago
11am – 4pm (Sat & Sun only) – The Street

Media contact

Tel: 0113 220 1978
Email: press@armouries.org.uk

Notes to editors

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