Chesters Roman Fort was once home around 500 Cavalrymen and their horses and prestigious soldiers from the Roman Army and over the weekend of the 20th and 21st August visitors can experience mounted cavalry and gain an insight into what life was once like at this Cavalry Fort.
This unique event is sure to whet appetites for next year’s Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition and events which runs from 8 April – 10 September 2017 at 10 Roman attractions along Hadrian’s Wall. Tickets for next year’s blockbuster Cavalry event go on sale in early 2017. More information can be found at www.hadrianscavalry.co.uk.
Visitors to Chesters Roman Fort this month, can feel the pounding of the horses underfoot and wonder at their ability and agility whilst five riders will display some of the techniques and elaborate maneuvers this elite cavalry would be involved in.
Roberta Stewardson, Site Manager at the English Heritage managed Chesters Roman Fort said: “An event with horses is always an exciting and thrilling one. Visitors can really sense the speed and precision with which these warriors performed and we are welcoming them to Chesters to step back in time and learn more about this fascinating period in the place where Roman history happened!”
There will also be fun hands on activities with Roman drills for children and little Roman soldiers can mount and race their own fast-paced Roman hobby horse throughout the weekend. Alongside this families can take over Chesters Fort in our new family trail. As a team, each person can assume the role of a Commander, Dog, Musician, Guard or Messenger or Trooper and must obey orders from the Emperor as they search for tips hidden in the Fort grounds.
The John Clayton Museum at Chesters Roman Fort reopened in April 2016 following a £130k refurbishment. The museum displays hundreds of antiquities from Roman times and tells the story of John Clayton, who was responsible for saving significant portions of Hadrian's Wall in the 19th century.
Chesters Roman Fort, near Hexham in Northumberland, includes the best preserved military bath-house in Britain. New interpretation within the grounds takes visitors to the locations where Clayton excavated the Roman remains, at the site.
In the museum a selection of the 11,000 objects collected by Clayton's team is on display. Innovative digital reconstructions of the site allow visitors to understand how the Roman cavalry soldiers and their horses lived together in this seven-acre fort.
Tickets – tickets purchased before the 19th August are subject to a 10% discount, online at www.english-heritage.org.uk/events
English Heritage Members: (adult) £1.80 (child) £1.10 (concession) £1.60 (family) £4.70
Non-members (adult) £8.00 (child 5-15) £4.80 (concession) £7.20 (family – 2 adults and 3 children) £20.80