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News release - Issued by York Museums Trust

The Romans Are Back

Eboracum Roman Festival
June 1-4 2017

The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York in June 2017 for the second Eboracum Roman Festival, complete with military parades, best-selling authors and the hunt for York’s Amphitheatre.

The Eboracum Roman Festival will be based in the York Museum Gardens where there will be fighting displays from members of several Roman Legions, a Roman camp showing domestic Roman life and children’s army drills.

At select times the gathered troops will march through the streets of York while a series of talks by leading experts will take place for adults and children including one on Roman magic.

An Authors Tent will offer the chance to meet several best-selling writers such as Harry Sidebottom, Ben Kane and Ruth Downie while Stewart Ainsworth of Channel 4’s Time Team will lead the hunt York’s Amphitheatre on Saturday June 3.

The Yorkshire Museum, home some of Britain’s most treasured Roman artefacts, will be unveiling the Wold Newton Hoard, the largest hoard of its kind ever found in the North of Britain, following its recent acquisition and conservation.

For more details on the festival visit:


Notes to editors:

The festival is being organised by York Museums Trust with partners from across the city and beyond.

Images of the 2016 festival are available on request.

For further Information contact Lee Clark, communications manager, telephone 01904 687673 or email