Heading for a magical night at the museum?
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