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Roman Army Week at Fishbourne
Roman Army Week at Fishbourne
Craig Jenkins and his son Graham at HMS Sultan  Picture: PO Phot Nicola Harper

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Get an army tattoo, try your hand at spear practice and see if you can earn your keep as a new recruit during Roman Army Week at Fishbourne Roman Palace this half-term.

Join the Fishbourne Roman Army for a day of hard graft in the surroundings of Britain’s largest domestic Roman building.

Sign up with the recruitment officer and learn to write your name in Latin before completing a range of tasks to earn a day’s pay. Foot soldiers will have to endure marching drill through a specially-recreated Roman garden, tasting food similar to Roman Army fare, learning about the medicines used 2,000 years ago to help treat common ailments and injuries and creating clay medals.

There are other skills on offer at the Fishbourne museum including archery, sword practice and dressing-up Roman-style. Once you have completed the activities, you can return to the recruitment officer, who will issue you with a certificate and a (replica) Roman coin.

Museum director Jane Rowehl said: ‘This half-term our young recruits can experience a day in the life of a Roman soldier, while still having plenty of fun.’

Normal admission charges apply. Activities run from 10am until 4pm, next Monday to Friday and some activities are weather dependent.

For more information, see sussexpast.co.uk/fishbourne