Chichester's Roman Week returns to The Novium Museum

Romans will be taking over Chichester this May half term, during Chichester Roman Week which takes place Sunday 28 May - Saturday 3 June.

Led by The Novium Museum in partnership with the Chichester BID (Business Improvement District), this fantastic seven-day festival will bring Chichester's Roman heritage to life with a variety of events around the district.

Chichester was first established as Noviomagnus Reginorum, which translates to 'New market of the proud people' after the Roman invasion in AD43. Their legacy can be found across the city, including magnificent features such as the Roman walls surrounding the city and the Roman bathhouse located in The Novium Museum

Cathy Hakes, Manager of The Novium Museum, which is organising Roman Week said: "It is fantastic to bring Roman Week back to Chichester for a second year. This is a brilliant opportunity to explore Chichester's Roman roots. The festival offers something for everyone - from family events to evening talks - and it's wonderful for The Novium Museum to be working with so many local businesses and attractions in celebrating of our rich Roman heritage.

"The first Chichester Roman Week was a great success, with visitors of all ages immersing themselves in our Roman heritage and we hope that the week will become a part of Chichester tradition."

Themed arts and craft, tours, talks and walks will be taking place at The Novium Museum throughout the week, and a City Centre Centurion will even be stationed at the Market Cross from Monday - Friday, with the chance to win an exclusive Roman week t-shirt.

Children can take part in a Roman treasure hunt - with 12 objects to find in shop windows throughout the city centre, and visitors can walk in the footsteps of the Romans thanks to a series of heritage trails and guided tours.

This year's Roman Week also coincides with a remarkable archaeological dig uncovering of the remains of three Roman buildings in Priory Park, after surviving over 1,600 years in Chichester's city centre. Visitors and residents will be able to watch the dig take place between Saturday 27 and Monday 29 May. James Kenny, archaeologist at Chichester District Council, will then hold a series of talks on Wednesday 31 May in the park to reveal the findings

Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester Library, Stansted Park, Chichester Harbour Tours and Bignor Roman Villa will also be running events throughout the week.

For a full programme of events, visit The Novium Museum 's website.