Saturday 21 July 2012
St Botolph’s Priory, Colchester
On Saturday 21st June Colchester and Ipswich Museums will be partnering with St Botolph's Church for the annual historical FREE fun day. This year's theme of 'Roman Fun and Games’ will provide a great day of entertainment.
As well as talks about our unique Roman Circus by Philip Crummy of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, the Mercury Theatre's Act V group will be performing 'It wasn't built in a day’; an all-singing and dancing extravaganza (listen out for the trumpets!).
There is something for all members of the family, children can get creative and make their own clay replica of the astonishing 'Colchester Vase', a Roman pot depicting gladiators, or their own Roman Theatre mask (both of these crafts cost £1 each). There is also a chance to add to the mural depicting Roman life, which has been kindly sponsored by Groundwork.
Or perhaps you fancy a meander through the Roman street where you can meet a scribe, a potter, see some spinning and weaving and smell some lovely Roman food as it cooks? Watch out for the army recruitment office, though, and don't be fooled into signing on any dotted lines or you may end up in far flung corners of the Empire! Maybe this is what happened to Marcus and his nagging wife Camilla, who really does not want to be here in gloomy Britain as you will find out.
No Roman games event would be complete without gladiators competing against each other. As the Olympic Committee has, for reasons of their own, omitted gladiatorial combat from this year's games programme, this is the only place you can come to see this sadly-missed sport. Who will you support, and more importantly, who will the Emperor choose should live or die?
If all this makes you peckish, you can always refresh yourself with Grandma Plonkas amazing sausages, some ice cream, or fresh sandwiches and cakes.
This event is FREE entry, and runs from 10.30am-4.30pm.
You can access St Botolph’s via Priory Street, St Botolph’s Church Walk or Britannia Car Park.
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St Botolph’s Priory
Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EE
Entrances off Priory Street, Britannia Car Park and St Botolph’s Church Walk
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