Head­ing for a mag­i­cal night at the mu­seum?

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RO­MAN Gla­di­a­tors will be in­vad­ing Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum over bank hol­i­day week­end.

Watch fear­some gla­di­a­tors in ac­tion as a team of crim­i­nals, bar­bar­ians and other prison­ers of war, dis­graced soldiers and thrill seek­ers fight for the en­ter­tain­ment of the crowds and the Em­peror. Who will live, and who will die: you de­cide! Meet the cos­tumed re-en­ac­tors and learn about life in the 1st cen­tury AD with glad­i­a­to­rial dis­plays tak­ing place at noon and 3pm.

The gla­di­a­tors will be brought to life by Bri­tan­nia, one of the largest (and old­est) re-en­act­ment groups in the UK. They will be demon­strat­ing the ex­cite­ment and bru­tal­ity of life in the late Ro­man pe­riod. Bri­tan­nia have worked on more than 150 TV and film projects, in­clud­ing Ri­d­ley Scott’s Gla­di­a­tor and all five se­ries of CBBC’s Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries.

Siân Ham­mer­ton-Fraser, vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence man­ager at Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum, said: “Hav­ing worked on Ri­d­ley Scott’s Gla­di­a­tor, Bri­tan­nia’s glad­i­a­to­rial com­bat, weapons and bat­tle tac- tics are fan­tas­tic and def­i­nitely get our crowds roar­ing.

“This will be a brilliant, un­for­get­table way to teach the whole fam­ily about Ro­man his­tory.”

The Ro­man Gla­di­a­tors event is a thrilling ac­tion packed and ed­u­ca­tional day for the en­tire fam­ily. Be warned there may be (fake) blood. Find out more www.coam.org.uk.

UNI­CORNS are real, at least ac­cord­ing to one Buck­ing­hamshire Mu­seum.

Ev­ery year Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum’s ‘En­chanted Mu­seum’ event is vis­ited by a beau­ti­ful, friendly uni­corn which en­thrals and en­ter­tains the crowds of vis­i­tors.

The event is part of the na­tional ‘Mu­se­ums at Night’ cam­paign or­gan­ised by Cul­ture 24, and it takes place on this Satur­day 4pm – 8.30pm.

This unique and mag­i­cal fam­ily event is a rare op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the late-night open­ing of this out­door mu­seum, home to res­cued and re­built his­tor­i­cal build­ings in the Chilterns coun­try­side.

Fam­i­lies can meet a princess on a uni­corn as well as char­ac­ters from sto­ry­books and fairy­tales. Chil­dren can join the knight’s school, toast marsh­mal­lows and take a walk through the wood­land where the elves and fairies live, meet­ing some myth­i­cal char­ac­ters along the way.

There will be crafts, games and activities, and mag­i­cal sto­ry­telling in the mu­seum’s Iron Age round­house.

Vis­i­tors, both young and old, are in­vited to take part in the fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion by dress­ing as their favourite mag­i­cal char­ac­ter. The mu­seum’s his­toric build­ings will be lit up by can­dle, lantern and fire­light, con­tribut­ing to an evening that is sim­ply en­chant­ing.

Bring a pic­nic or treat your­self to bar­be­cue food as you watch the sun set on the mu­seum’s beau­ti­ful vil­lage green. Ad­vance book­ing is strongly rec­om­mended.

Let bat­tle com­mence over bank hol­i­day week­end

An en­chanted evening is promised this week­end

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