A mini-Roman invasion is on its way – and anyone joining in the hunt for invaders could be in with a chance to win a signed copy of one of author Terry Deary’s bestselling Horrible Histories books.
The Roaming Roman Trail and Dress as a Roman Soldier event will take place at English Heritage’s Chester’s Roman Fort between October 22-30.
A Roman-inspired treasure hunt, the event will see miniature model soldiers taking over the fort and hiding from unsuspecting visitors.
Sightseers who manage to hunt them all down will be entered into a free prize draw to win a signed copy of Deary’s Rotten Romans.
Youngsters will also be able to experience life first-hand as a Roman soldier with lots of opportunities to dress up in authentic helmets and armour.
Jon Hogan, events manager at English Heritage, said: “Terry Deary is one of the UK’s best loved children’s authors so we were delighted when he decided to drop into Housesteads Roman Fort last month, as part of his 102 mile charity run along Hadrian’s Wall.
” The fact that he left us with a signed copy of his book, Rotten Romans, was an added bonus and we are now offering visitors to Chester’s Roaming Romans event the chance to win this book.
“The event looks set to be lots of fun with a lively treasure hunt, as well as the chance to try out some Roman fashion for some great family photo opportunities. All that, along with the chance to win Terry’s book, simply shouldn’t be missed.”
Built almost 2,000 years ago, Chester’s Roman Fort is one of the best preserved examples of its kind in the UK. The site stretches over six acres and has plenty for visitors to see, including the remains of the original four gates, commandant’s house and garrison headquarters.
It also features the best preserved Roman bathhouse in England where visitors can step back in time and wander through the myriad of rooms which offered tired soldiers a choice of hot, cold or steam baths.
Chester’s Roman Fort and Museum is a quarter of a mile west of Chollerford. The Roaming Roman Trail and Dress as a Roman Soldier event will take place between 10am-4pm between October 22-30.