York Museums Trust

Events - 2 Jun 19

Eboracum Roman Festival 2019 – Fri 31 May 2019

An older man in Roman costume, with the text "Eboracum Roman Festival 31 May - 2 June 2019 York" either side of him.

Dates: Friday 31 May 2019–Sunday 2 June 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York this summer for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival.

From 31 May – 2 June, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, Kids Army, demonstrations and activities for all ages.

Visit the Yorkshire Museum to discover York’s Roman history through some of Britain’s greatest Roman treasures:

  • walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor
  • see the statue of Mars – the finest example of a Roman statue ever found in Britain
  • marvel at the marble head of Constantine
  • stand at the tombstone of Lucius Duccius Rufinus, Standard Bearer of the Ninth Legion

Special family-friendly activities will take place throughout the museum; see if you measure up for the Roman Army, make mini catapults and more!

On Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the Roman Parades as the Roman Emperor, six Roman Legions and Roman civilians march through the iconic streets of York.

Activities in the Museum Gardens and the Roman Parades are free. Museum admission applies to activities in the Yorkshire Museum.

Events Programme

Click here to download the Roman Festival events programme.

Please see below for information about our bookable events.

Romans in the North

Friday 31 May, 10am – 4.30pm

Explore recent archaeological fieldwork, research and community projects at this one day symposium which brings together a range of speakers from York – and beyond. Find out more.

Eboracum Tour: York’s Roman Fortress – Kurt Hunter Mann

Friday 31 May, 6-7.30pm

The original Eboracum fortress, built more than 1,900 years ago, established the centre of York and a pattern of streets that still exist today. Find out more.

Eboracum Tour: Roman Graveyards in York – John Oxley

Saturday 1 June, 6-7.30pm

Back by popular demand, discover how and where the Romans buried their dead in, or rather outside, Roman York. Find out more.

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York Museum Garden Tours – Sun 2 Jun 2019

Date: Sunday 2 June 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: York Museum Gardens

Meet inside the Museum Street gates and gain an insight into one of the most popular gardens in York. The gardens contain a wealth of plant life, botanical specimens and wildlife, as well as the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the Roman Multangular Tower. Our knowledgeable guides will show you the highlights of this truly unique garden.

Tours start at 1pm every Sunday and last approximately one hour.

Free, no need to book.

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Art for Wellbeing – Sun 2 Jun 2019

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Date: Sunday 2 June 2019, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Informal practical sessions for adults, just drop-in and release your creative energy in the company of others and with gentle guidance on hand. This is an inclusive session, suitable for all abilities (16+ only).

Included in admission, no need to book.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Sun 2 Jun 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Sunday 2 June 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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