York, Eboracum Roman Festival

Eboracum Roman Festival
York Museum Gardens York (North Yorkshire county)

York relives its glorious Roman past with military parades, living history displays, crafts and warfare demonstrations, gladiatorial fights, guided walks and talks by expert speakers, many interactive activities, in the family-friendly and idyllic setting of the York Museum Gardens...

Geographical, cultural and historical context

York is situated on a terminal moraine left by the last Ice Age in a fertile cultivated plain bordered by the low-rising mountains range of the Pennines, the heather moorland of the North York Moors, and the low hills of the Yorkshire Wolds, about 34 km from Leeds. The rich heritage of the city includes the York Minster (the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe), the building complex of the York Castle with the medieval walls (one of the most complete and well preserved in England), the reconstructed medieval house Barley Hall, the National Railway Museum, and the JORVIK Viking Centre which organizes the yearly JORVIK Viking Festival in February.

York’s history begins with the Ancient Romans: the city was founded as a castrum (a major military base) by name Eboracum at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss during the reign of the Roman Emperor Vespasian in AD 71, when the Legio IX Hispanica (the famous Ninth Legion which suddenly disappeared raising speculations over its fate) defeated the Brigantes, a loose confederation of Celtic tribes, and set up a camp which quickly developed as a major fortress and one of the most important Roman cities in Britain. Eboracum became soon a flourishing colony, the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and for a period at the end of the 3rd century AD even the capital of the Roman Empire: there Emperors Septimius Severus and Constantius Chlorus died and Constantine I The Great was proclaimed Emperor. After the fall of the Roman Empire York was taken and settled by the Angles in the 5th century reviving as a trading river port by name Eoforwic, before being conquered in November AD 866 by the Vikings of the Danish "Great Heathen Army". The city, renamed Jorvik, became then the capital of a mighty Viking kingdom and a major port along their trading routes in northern Europe.

Event description and programme

Every year York celebrates its rich Roman history and the remarkable heritage of all the cultural customs that the Romans brought to the town and to Britain as well through a great historical festival which aims to entertain and educate the many thousands of visitors. The event takes place within the York Museum Gardens, a unique venue for celebrations and events located within the city centre, next to Lendal Bridge, the main crossing between York Railway Station and York Minster, and close to other key attractions. Established in the 1830s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, the York Museum Gardens are renowned for their fantastic collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs set against the stunning backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.

Lectures, living history displays and a wealth of interactive leisure and educational activities await for the visitors, including also the chance for the children to dress up and got recruited as legionary taking part at the Roman army drills and manoeuvres and other creative activities aimed to discover the civilian daily life. The rich programme includes military parades of the Roman legionaries through the streets of York, guided tours at the Roman tented camp and the Yorkshire Museum, which is one of Britain’s oldest public museums and home to some of Britain’s most treasured Roman artefacts, and yet themed walks in the city, exhibitions, conferences, storytelling sessions, gladiatorial games and chariot races, music and dance shows, battle reenactments, birds of prey demonstrations. Adults and children can also join a range of archaeological activities with professional archaeologists, as well as several talks and workshops devoted to the ancient Roman cuisine, medicine, magic, fashion, warfare, religion and culture. Additional events and initiatives take place at various venues around the city featuring experts and authors.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Location: Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7FR, United Kingdom

Eboracum Roman Festival page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EboracumRomanFestival/

York Museums and Gallery Trust
Address: St Mary’s Lodge Marygate, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7DR, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 (0)1904 687687
E-Mail: enquiries@ymt.org.uk
Web: https://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yorkcastlemuseum

York Museum Gardens
Address: Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 (0)1904 687687
Email: enquiries@ymt.org.uk
Web: https://www.yorkmuseumgardens.org.uk/

City of York Council - West Offices Customer Centre
Address: Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 (0)1904 551550
E-mail: ycc@york.gov.uk
Web: https://www.york.gov.uk/

Welcome to Yorkshire Tourist information centre
Address: Dry Sand Foundry, LS11 5DL Leeds, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 113 322 3500
E-mail: info@yorkshire.com
Web: https://www.yorkshire.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/welcometoyorkshire

Image: York Museums and Gallery Trust
Text: York Museums and Gallery Trust, Wikipedia, York City Council, Yorkshire Tourism

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