Autumn at Chedworth Roman Villa
Autumn brings with it shorter days, cooler temperatures and a riot of colour, making it the perfect time to wrap up and explore Chedworth Roman Villa. As the trees turn from fresh green to a deep red, it's a great time to follow in the footsteps of the Romans and see why they chose to build in this quiet corner of the Cotswolds.
Step back in time
Our knowledgeable site guides are on hand every day throughout September, October and November to talk you through the history of the site, from the creation of the villa to the creation of the West Range conservation building, via the Victorian excavations in 1864. The tours last between 45 minutes to an hour and are the ideal way to bring the site to life.
Chedworths’ Romans and more
Every Thursday between 1 September and 25 November you can meet one of the sites’ colourful characters and at 2pm, there will be a special tour around the site. Learn about the finer points of the villas mosaics from Appian, the Roman craftsman and mosaicist, Thomas Margetts can take you through the discovery of the villa in 1864, while James Farrer will talk you through the Victorian excavations. You can even tour the villa in the company of the 4th century owner, Censorinus.
Gaia, our Roman textiles expert will be on site throughout the season. You can join her in the North Wing Bath House where the smell of incense will transport you back to times gone by. A font of knowledge, she can talk you through traditional Roman crafts as she spins her home-dyed fabrics and uses Roman implements to hand-knit different garments.
Dr Quintus will be opening his “surgery” to visitors most Saturdays until November. Our very own Roman medicus has a breadth of knowledge and a wide selection of surgical tools for perusal. You can join him in the West Range or North Wing Bath House (weather depending) and ask him all about Roman medicine and surgery.
As the site quietens down after the summer holidays and children return to school, we’re re-starting our programme of special talks. You can join Dr Nick Humphris for detailed talks, either on the archaeology at the villa, or the mosaics depending on your interest. The talks last around an hour and are followed by a guided tour around the site. You can also learn all about Roman myths and how they relate to Chedworth Roman Villa with our wonderful site guide Janet.
October half term
It wouldn’t be autumn without October half term and we’re going batty at the villa. On Sunday 21 October, David Endacott from the Oxfordshire Bat Group will be giving two special talks in the Salway Room. Learn all about bats and how Bat Groups help look after them. You can also get up close and personal with real live bats. You can follow the bat trail every day during the holidays or get crafty in the learning pavilion.
Please check the "What's On" section of our website for more information.