South Shields, Arbeia Festival

Arbeia Roman Festival
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields (Tyne and Wear county)


a Roman themed market selling heritage wares, historical re-enactments, battle and artisan demonstrations, crafts workshops, interactive activities, cuisine and music and a wealth of initiatives for the whole family in the unique setting of a faithfully reconstructed Ancient Roman fort of Britannia...


Geographical, cultural and historical context

The Arbeia Roman Fort, built around 160 AD, once guarded the entrance of the River Tyne, playing an essential role in the mighty frontier system. Based 6,5 km east of the end of Hadrian's Wall at South Shields, the Fort was originally built to house a garrison and soon became the military supply base for the 17 Forts along the Wall. Today, the excavated remains, stunning reconstructions of original buildings and finds discovered at the Fort combine to give a unique insight into life in Roman Britain. Arbeia is the only Roman Fort in England where visitors can see reconstructions of a gateway, Commanding Officer's house and barrack block. All these stunning reconstructions are based on archaeological evidence unearthed here and at other forts in the Empire and have been rebuilt on their original foundations.


Event description and programme

The Arbeia Festival is the highlight of the calendar of Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum. The guests can discover the true atmosphere of the past at the Roman Fort, enjoying stunning falconry displays, trying archery and Roman cuisine. The visitors meet roaming Roman peasants with their livestock, craftsmen and musicians.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum
Address: Baring St, South Shields, Tyne and Wear County, NE33 2BB, England
Tel.: +44 (0)191 2771410

South Tyneside Council
Address: Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2RL, England
Tel.: +44 (0)191 4277000

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM)
Tel.: +44 (0)191 23267899

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