Castleford is set to transport its residents and visitors back in time with the highly anticipated Roman Festival taking place on Saturday, 10th June, from 10am to 4pm. This popular event promises a day filled with historical exploration and family-friendly activities.

The festival offers a unique opportunity for attendees to delve into Castleford’s rich history and discover the secrets hidden beneath its streets. With a plethora of engaging activities lined up, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the festival’s highlights is the return of the Roman-themed market, where visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere while browsing a variety of stalls. Additionally, a tantalising selection of street food will be available to satiate any cravings.

For those looking to delve deeper into the town’s Roman heritage, Roman trails will be available, providing a fascinating insight into Castleford’s past. Furthermore, an exciting addition to this year’s festival is the street theatre performance, bringing Roman life in Castleford to the forefront. With three interactive performances scheduled throughout the day, families will have the opportunity to engage with the characters and learn more about this fascinating era.

Cllr Michelle Collins, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Sport, expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming event, stating, “We’re really excited for the return of the Castleford Roman Festival. It’s been a great success in previous years, and I hope that residents and visitors will enjoy this unique event, celebrating our heritage by having fun and enjoying the entertainment.”

To add a touch of artistry, pavement street art will come to life in real time, showcasing a captivating Roman-themed motif in a mosaic style. Visitors will even have the chance to contribute to the creation of a giant floor art mosaic, making it a truly collaborative experience.

Henry Moore Square will be the hub for budding archaeologists, as they can participate in an exhilarating dig. Explorers young and old can hunt for hidden treasures while gaining valuable knowledge about archaeology and the tools used in the field.

To satisfy the curiosity of those seeking a deeper understanding of Castleford’s Roman heritage, an on-site centurion will guide them on a captivating tour of the town’s key historical points. Following the tour, visitors can peruse the Roman-themed market and witness demonstrations, including pottery throwing.

Keeping the festival inclusive and engaging for all, free face painting will be available in Carlton Lanes. Meanwhile, the indoor market will offer craft activities for those looking to unleash their creativity. Don’t forget to stop by the Library and Museum, where families can partake in a range of activities, such as crafts, a Roman photobooth, jewellery making, and the chance to handle authentic objects from the Roman era.

For more information about the Castleford Roman Festival and its various attractions, visit expwake.co/romanfest. Make sure to mark your calendars for this extraordinary event celebrating Castleford’s distinctive heritage.