Chedworth Roman Villa closed for the winter
Chedworth Roman Villa is now closed and will re-open to visitors for the new season on 11 February 2017.
Over the winter many of the archaeological remains at Chedworth Roman Villa are covered up with frost-proof materials. This is necessary to protect the stonework, as the temperature changes and the freeze-thaw cycle causes stone to shale or crack. The hypocaust pillae on the north side of the villa have even got their own special covers that look a little like sleeping bags.
Once the conservation covers are in place, the team continue to work on a variety of winter tasks, including planning and preparing for the new season and recruiting new volunteers and seasonal staff. If you're interested please check our website in 2017.
Chedworth Roman Villa will re-open on Saturday 11 February with a week of half-term activities for families, themed around the legend of the Roman saint, Valentine. In early March there are two workshops planned to inspire craft and garden lovers - a willow weaving workshop, making garden supports for climbing plants (Saturday 4 March) and a silver jewellery workshop (Saturday 11 March). A programme of special talks and tours will start at the end of February, so please check the website for details in the New Year.