Summer Days at Chedworth Roman Villa

Children enjoy dressing up at Chedworth Roman Villa

Summer brings with it longer days and warmer weather - the perfect excuse for a fun day out at Chedworth Roman Villa.

With Roman re-enactments, trails, 50 Things and craft activities, we've got something on every day of the holidays.

Roman Re-enactments

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August the Roman Military Research Society will be returning to Chedworth Roman Villa for a weekend of re-enactments. You can watch the Roman soldiers as they practice their drills, and they might even let you have a go.

Experience Roman life up close with the Roman Military Research Society
Experience Roman life up close with the Roman Military Research Society
Experience Roman life up close with the Roman Military Research Society

Crafts and Games

We'll have craft activities on in the Learning Pavilion every day during the summer holidays. Why not try your hand at mosaic making, or some of our other seasonal crafts? We'll also have a trail for you to follow round the site...who knows what you'll learn.

Don't forget the dressing up costumes in the Learning Pavilion. You can dress up like a Roman soldier and take some photos. Feel free to share them with us on our facebook page.

Down in the lower courtyard you can test your skills at hopscotch - did you know that Roman soliders used hopscotch as a training exercise? There will also be a selection of traditional Roman games in the West Range.

Chedworth's Romans

Our costumed interpreters will be on site over the summer holidays offering the perfect opportunity to learn all about Roman life. Gaia will be doing cooking and dyeing demonstrations; Lady Octavia, her faithful slave Drusilla, and her mother-in-law Bodicaccia will be teaching visitors how to behave at a Roman dinner party; and Dr Quintus will be sharing his medical knowledge. You will also be able to meet Appian, the Roman mosaicist and craftsman; Censorinus, the owner of the villa; and Thomas Margetts, the gamekeeper who discovered the Roman villa in 1864.

Costumed interpreter demonstrating how the Romans dyed clothes at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Costumed interpreter demonstrating how the Romans dyed clothes at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Costumed interpreter demonstrating how the Romans dyed clothes at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire

Over the Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 24 - Monday 26 August) the Roman traders will return. Steve and Fiona will be back on site with their beautiful hand-made Roman replica items and a selection of activities to teach you more about Roman life. You can practice your handwriting and see what it was like to use a dip-pen.

Please see the What's On section for dates, times and more details.

Guided Tours

If you're interested in learning more about the villa and it's history, join one of our volunteer site guides for a tour of the site and watch them bring the site to life. We will aim to ensure that there are tours on every day during the holidays, so please ask at reception for more information. There are also audio guides available from reception for the small charge of £1.

Picnics, gifts and more

Our lovely cafe has sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soup, cold drinks and ice creams to tempt your tastebuds. You are also welcome to bring a picnic and relax on the grass, or use the picnic tables in the lower courtyard or outside the Learning Pavilion.

Picnic at Chedworth Roman Villa this summer
Picnic in the sun at Chedworth Roman Villa
Picnic at Chedworth Roman Villa this summer
 

The shop also has a beautiful selection of Roman and National Trust gifts and food so make sure you take the time peruse and maybe treat yourself to something special.