Chedworth Roman Villa closed for the winter

Covering the pilae to protect them from the winter frost

Chedworth Roman Villa is now closed for the winter and will re-open to visitors for the new season on Saturday 9 February 2019.

Over the winter many of the archaeological remains at Chedworth Roman Villa are covered up with frost-proof materials. This is nevessary to protect the stonework, as the temperature changes and the freeze-thaw cycle causes stone to shale or crack. The hypocaust pilae on the north side of the villa have even got their own special covers that look a little like sleeping bags.

Once the conseration covers are in place, the team continue to work on a variety of winter tasks, including cleaning the mosaics, preparing for school groups, and planning events and activities for the new season.

Chedworth Roman Villa will re-open on Saturday 9 February 2019, and plans are already in place for an exciting year.

Click here to see our opening times for 2019

From Saturday 16 February we will have a week of half term activities for families, with a seasonal trail, craft activities and more. In March we have three workshops to inspire garden and craft lovers - 2 willow weaving workshops, making garden supports for climbing plants (Saturday 16 March) and frame baskets (Sunday 17 March), and a copper jewellery workshop (Saturday 23 March).

A programme of special talks and tours will also start at the end of February, and there will be plenty of chances to meet Chedworths' Romans, the wonderful costumed interpreters who really bring the site to life.

Please check the website for more details in the New Year.