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.

Running at Binchester

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.

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40 thoughts on “A Visit to Binchester Roman Fort 

  1. I love a good family day out, looks like lots of fun! We are at the end of the summer in Arizona and you can’t actually leave the house in the summer due to inevitable melting so this is giving me cabin fever. I’m looking forward to coming back to the UK for next summer!

    Posted on 15 September, 2016 at 7:58 pm
    1. Ha ha, yes there’ll be no chance of that in the uk! Thanks for stopping by x

      Posted on 15 September, 2016 at 8:59 pm
  2. wonderful photos, it looks like you had a brilliant day together #sharingthebloglove
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    Posted on 15 September, 2016 at 8:59 pm
    1. Thank you, we really did x

      Posted on 15 September, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  3. Oh that looks like a great place to go for a day out, I don’t think mine would sit still for long enough either and I too would be chasing them around. Glad you all had a nice day and it looks like you had great weather too! Thanks again for linking to #familyfun hope to see you next week xx

    Posted on 15 September, 2016 at 9:45 pm
    1. Any kind of open space and they’re off! Good fun though and it was perfect weather x

      Posted on 15 September, 2016 at 10:23 pm
  4. What a great time to visit – I love special days like this! It is a shame you didn’t get to see much of the reenactment (we wouldn’t have either), but it must have been fun anyway! I love the look of the resource centre too! #picknmix
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    Posted on 16 September, 2016 at 4:17 pm
    1. It was, and it was good looking round the stalls set up showing off weapons etc while everyone else was still watching the show as the kids got to try out more

      Posted on 16 September, 2016 at 6:33 pm
  5. What a great day out and lots of fun ways for the children to learn. Always places so close that you find you have never been to #picnmix

    Posted on 16 September, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    1. I’ve discovered so many lately it’s great x

      Posted on 16 September, 2016 at 6:33 pm
  6. Great place and how lucky to have the reenactment people there. Looks like a beautiful sunny day too! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    Posted on 16 September, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    1. Thank you, yes we certainly had the perfect weather for it x

      Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 7:11 am
  7. Ohh this looks a fab day out!! You got some great piccies, thanks for sharing with the #bestandworst hope you’ll stop by again.
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    Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 11:29 am
    1. Thank you, it was x

      Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 12:51 pm
  8. It looks like you had a fab day out. The weather looked perfect.
    It looks like there was plenty to see and do 😀 x
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    Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 3:47 pm
    1. Thank you, it was x

      Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  9. I love days out like this. It’s so much more fun than learning from a text book. #PicknMix
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    Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 5:57 pm
    1. So true, and I think they take more in when they can actually see it as well x

      Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 6:36 pm
  10. I’ve never been to a reenactment, would love to see one, especially since we are members of English Heritage, but we never seem to catch one. Looks like you guys had so much fun too! 🙂 #countrykids

    Posted on 18 September, 2016 at 8:37 pm
    1. My son decided the actual reenactments were great but there was too much talking and explaining inbetween which made him lose interest but getting to handle the armour and weapons made his day!

      Posted on 18 September, 2016 at 9:24 pm
  11. Looks like a great day out. I love things like this, where there’s enough to keep my inner history geek happy, but also loads for the rest of the family. #whatevertheweather
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    Posted on 18 September, 2016 at 9:26 pm
    1. Me too. It doesn’t take much for kids to get bored and it makes such a difference when this has been thought about and activities provided.

      Posted on 18 September, 2016 at 9:33 pm
  12. What a fab way to bring the history to life! It really looks like they made such an effort to engage children, so many different activities. I love learning about the Roman’s, it’s always so impressive to hear about what they achieved technology wise. I’m another mum who always finds herself chasing after a toddler rather than enjoying the display though! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

    Posted on 19 September, 2016 at 2:38 pm
    1. Thanks, seeing the underfloor heating system in the bath house from all those years ago was incredible, and the kids loved excavating in the sandpit x

      Posted on 19 September, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  13. Isn’t it funny, the things that have been had been around for so long yet have had to be reinvented?
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    Posted on 20 September, 2016 at 4:32 am
    1. You’re right. It is incredible how much the Romans invented but then was seemingly forgotten about to be reinvented later and hailed as a breakthrough.

      Posted on 20 September, 2016 at 6:30 am
  14. I just love your photos! I am loving the colours.

    Such a lovely place and event to visit. Real kid friendly too! #countrykids
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    Posted on 20 September, 2016 at 12:23 pm
    1. Thank you, you’ve just put the biggest smile on my face 😊

      Posted on 20 September, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  15. What a great day. I seen my time chasing Holly around and missing everything too! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
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    Posted on 20 September, 2016 at 10:09 pm
    1. Ha ha, they certainly keep us on our toes don’t they

      Posted on 21 September, 2016 at 6:41 am
  16. Oh wow looks like an awesome time and I love attractions that are so interactive!!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 21 September, 2016 at 3:25 pm
    1. Thank you, they really loved ‘excavating’

      Posted on 21 September, 2016 at 6:23 pm
  17. So many reenactments are going on at the moment, and I think it’s a great way to get people to engage with history. I bet seeing all the horses and the sports was fun. It really does look like a fun day out
    #CountryKids
    x

    Posted on 22 September, 2016 at 12:46 pm
    1. Thanks, they do a great job of bringing history to life, we had a great time x

      Posted on 22 September, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  18. This place looks brilliant and I love reenactments and active history 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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    Posted on 22 September, 2016 at 8:03 pm
    1. Thank you, they really do bring it to life x

      Posted on 23 September, 2016 at 7:07 am
  19. Sounds like an interesting day out. The resource centre for kids sounds great! #PoCoLo

    Posted on 22 September, 2016 at 11:37 pm
    1. It was, they loved the excavation sandpit, such a great idea

      Posted on 23 September, 2016 at 7:10 am
  20. Looks like you all had a great day and lovely to see history in action too. And the sandpit excavation is a fab idea and a great way to really involve kids. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    Posted on 23 September, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    1. Thank you, you’re right it is great seeing history come to life and the kids really engaging with it x

      Posted on 23 September, 2016 at 10:24 pm