Kinneil fun day helps round off Roman Week

BIGROMANPOSTER2014FALKIRK district’s Roman festival comes to a close this weekend.

Big Roman Week 2014 has featured walks, talks and family events to get people to find out more about the Roman Antonine Wall.

Final events will include a Roman family fun day at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness this Saturday afternoon (September 20) and a walk from Callendar House in Falkirk to Rough Castle Roman Fort (close to the Falkirk Wheel) on Sunday (September 21).

A spokesman for The Friends of Kinneil, which co-ordinated the festival, said: "We’d like to thank all the people who have attended events – many free – right across the district. We hope you’ve enjoyed them."

People can find out more by visiting http://www.bigromanweek.org.uk – or pick up a leaflet from libraries and local museums.

Saturday’s Big Roman Day at Kinneil Estate will feature appearances by the Roman re-enactment group the Antonine Guard, who will be setting up camp outside Kinneil House (close to the line of the Antonine Wall). The 16th century House will also be open from noon to 3 p.m. (last admission 2.30 p.m.) There will be opportunities for families to try making some Roman art, fly kites (popular in Roman times) and dress up as Romans in Kinneil Museum. There will also be table top Roman war games.

Sunday’s guided walk will be led by archaeologist Geoff Bailey from Falkirk Community Trust. He’ll lead visitors from Callendar House museum in Falkirk to Rough Castle Roman Fort taking in Watling Lodge and other local Roman sites. The walk will leave Callendar House at 2 p.m.

The trek will stop off to see the fine arts and crafts building at Walting Lodge, dating from 1894.

Other buildings are also open over the weekend as part of Doors Open Days in the district.

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