Binchester Roman Fort is another one is those places that is extremely close to us but we have somehow never visited. The fort itself is small but you do get to see some of the old bath house with the amazing underfloor heating system which was incredibly interesting .
The weekend we visited they had Roma Antiqua (a reenactment group) putting on a display. The kids loved seeing all the people dressed up and getting to try on the helmets and handle some weapons.
They even had some plastic ones for younger kids. Just after the photo below was taken they gave L a plastic sword too and she stared banging it on her shield like a fierce warrior!
M got to try out a few horns too.
The performance in the field was funny and interesting but L is a bit too young to sit and watch something when there is lots of open space to run around in, so I missed a lot of it chasing her around.
Aside from the fort they also have a small resource centre that’s great for kids, they can try their hand at making mosaics , drawing, and excavating for Roman pottery in the sandpit. This was a big hit with both of my two.
It was a little hard to get pictures of the fort itself as there were too many people around but we will definitely return again when they don’t have an event on so we can explore a bit more leisurely.
You can find out more about the Fort here.