Half Term is Roman Week in Chichester

Thinking ahead about what to do this half term? Well there's lots going on in Chichester for Roman Week!

Chichester Roman Week celebrates Chichester's Roman Heritage with a series of events every May half term. This year, Chichester Roman Week will run from Monday, 28 May Saturday, 2 June 2018.

Chichester was first established as Noviomagnus Reginorum, which translates to 'New market of the proud people' after the Roman invasion in AD43. Their legacy can be found across the city, including magnificent features such as the Roman walls surrounding the city and the Roman bathhouse located in The Novium Museum.

Led by The Novium Museum and supported by Chichester BID, Roman Week returns for its third year and is set to be bigger and better than ever. Featuring re-enactments, talks, trails, guided tours, family activities and immersive theatre, each day will be themed around an aspect of Roman life.

Key activities during the event are as follows:

Roman Re-Enactment

  • Wednesday, 30 May 11:00 - 16:00
  • Priory Park, Chichester

Join us in Priory Park for an exciting re-enactment which will bring the Roman period to life.

As well as talks and demonstrations (listed below), we will have a range of static displays such as a military camp complete with Roman artillery and a field medicine tent. Other demonstrations will cover aspects of civilian life such as midwifery, religion, slavery, cooking and a mosaicist.

This interactive re-enactment will encourage audience participation and spectators are encouraged to dress up - there will be prizes for the best Roman outfits!

Roman Market

  • Friday, 1 June 2018 09:00 - 14:00
  • Chichester City Centre

Chichester Farmer's Market transforms into a one-off Roman Market!

Experience a taste of life in the Roman times with this unique immersive theatre. 

Roman Games and Music

  • Monday, 28 May 10:00 - 17:00
  • The Novium
  • Free entry, drop in

Try your hand at a variety of Roman dice games, sports and board games and discover how Romans passed the time.

Guided Family Walks

  • Monday, 28 May & Friday, 1 June, 14:00 - 15:00
  • £3 per person. Booking is essential. Click here to book now

Starting at The Novium Museum at the site of the Roman Bath House, our guided walks will take you back in time through Roman Chichester.

Please note, these walks are suitable for families.

Craft Activities

  • Tuesday, 29 May 11:00 - 14:00

Create your own Roman mosaic at The Novium Museum - £2 per child, booking is essential. Book here. 

  • Thursday, 31 May 11:00 - 14:00

Make your own Roman Armour at The Guildhall in Priory Park - £3 per child. Booking is essential. Book here.

City Centre Centurion

  • Wednesday, 30 May - Friday, 1 June, 10:00 - 11:00

Meet our Roman Centurion at the Market Cross - take a selfie and post it on The Novium facebook page to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive Roman Week t-shirt.

Please note this is weather permitting. If you can't see him at the Market Cross, come to the Novium Museum and you will find him there!

Roman Chichester Harbour

  • Chichester Harbour in Roman Times
  • Saturday 2 June at 10.30am
  • Tour lasts approximately 2 ½ hrs

How much was the siting of Fishbourne Roman Palace linked with Chichester Harbour? Hear views on this on a 2 mile guided walk led by Chichester Harbour Conservancy from Fishbourne Roman Palace to Dell Quay, stopping at points of particular Roman interest on the way. Complimentary tea and coffee in the Harbour classroom on the quay at Dell Quay at the end of the walk after which choose to return by minibus or walk back independently.  Dress for countryside walking.

Tickets £6 to include refreshments and minibus ride.

Booking see www.conservancy.co.ukor phone 01243 513275

Printing Workshop

  • Thursday, 31 May
  • 11:00 - 12:30 at Cass Sculpture Foundation
  • Printing Workshop for children (suitable for ages 7 - 13)

Chichester, and it's surrounding area, has an amazing Roman history.  Mosaics have been discovered revealing the layers of history of the region's past.  Here at Cass Sculpture Foundation, artist Tu Wei-Cheng created a representation of an archaeological dig in the grounds in his Bu Num Civilisation Wheel.  The five excavation sites revealled 'cultural relics'.  Some have been unearthed but others remain undiscovered deep underground.  Join us for our workshop to create your own printed relics inspired by this work.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about the work and sketch it in the open.  We will then use our pictures as inspiration for print designs.  We will make our own printing stamps, then using rollers and ink we will create a collaborative work together, from which you will be able to take your own piece home.

Booking essential via Cass Sculpture Foundation website. £8 including general entry or £2 for members

Priory Park Dig - Evening Talk

  • Tuesday, 29 May
  • £5 per person
  • 18:00 - 19:00 at The Novium Museum

Archaeological excavations in Priory Park in 2017 revealed part of a hot room of a bath house from a high status Roman town house. James Kenny, Archaeological Officer at Chichester District Council, talks about the finds in 2017 and reveals his plans for the 2018 dig, which he hopes will unearth the entire bath house.

Booking is essential. Book Online Now or call 01243 816525.

Gardens in Time

  • Saturday 2 & Sunday, 3 June, 10:00 - 17:00
  • at Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace is the site of one of the first formal gardens in Britain.  Join us for a day of all things garden related, with stalls from local artists and producers, to talks, tours and demonstrations covering everything from medicine to ancient garden design, Roman cuisine to natural dyes.  This special event will suit visitors of all ages and interests.

Contact details:

Roman Maze

  • Sunday, 27 May - Saturday, 2 June, 11:00 - 16:00
  • Maze fee (inc tree hunt) £1.50 Child, £2 Adult

Stansted Park will be providing a Latin tree trail for children to join the hunt and find the Latin names!

While you're there why not make like the Romans and take the challenge of finding your way through the Roman Labyrinth?


Guided Walking Tour

  • Monday, 28 May 18:00 - 19:30 & Friday, 1 June, 11:00 - 12:30
  • Meet at The Novium Museum

Retrace the footsteps of the people of Noviomagus Reginorum. Join Hilly Sloan on a 90 minute guided walking tour to see Roman artefacts discovered just below our feet and hear stories of the lives of the earliest inhabitants of the city. Book now.


Posted on May 25th 2018Category: Events