Families expected to flock to Big Roman Day

romans11ROMANS will arrive at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness on Saturday (September 16, 2017) for the park’s annual Big Roman Day.

It’s one of the launch events for Big Roman Week – a nine-day festival encouraging people to explore areas along the Roman Antonine Wall.

The Antonine Guard re-enactment group will be setting up camp near Kinneil Museum and putting on displays of military activities from nearly two thousand years ago.

The fun will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday (September 16) and run until 4 p.m.

Kinneil House will be open for free tours (last admission 3.30 p.m.) The House was built on the line of the Antonine Wall and is part of the official World Heritage Site.

In the surrounding parkland, children (and adults) will be able to dress up as Romans and make crowns, swords and badges. There will also be play archery sessions for children, fundraising stalls and refreshments.

Maria Ford from The Friends of Kinneil, helping to organise the event, said: “It should be a great afternoon. The Antonine Guard is a brilliant living history group that takes you right back to Roman times.”

She added: “In addition to all the Roman activities – we’ll also have displays from a local medieval re-enactment group and Falkirk District Wargames Club, who are making a return visit to the Estate. Local firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate CPR to visitors. There will also be displays of chainsaw carving! Plus families will be able to find out about a new initiative growing food for the local food bank right here at Kinneil Estate.

“Admission to the House and Estate will be free of charge – so come along. And remember to bring a camera to get shots of the re-enactment people!”

Saturday’s event is supporting Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Days in Scotland. It’s also the penultimate Friends’ open event of 2017: things conclude with Hallowe’en themed tours of Kinneil House at the end of October.

For more details please visit www.kinneil.org.uk and www.bigromanweek.org.uk