Get Roman about for historical fun

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YOUNG history lovers are in for a treat this summer.

And the good news is, you don’t have to leave the North-East to enjoy the goodies on offer from English Heritage.

So get your mams and dads interested, and get along to fun which ranges from falconry displays to good old Roman soldiers.

English Heritage is the group which looks after ancient and fascinating buildings all over the UK.

It has over 400 to choose from and they include Belsay Hall which is 14 miles north of Newcastle.

If you get along any time from now until this Sunday, you can turn the clock back to the medieval days.

Each day from 11am to 4.30pm you can dress up, go dancing or try on a child-size suit of armour.

And that’s not all. Pay a visit this Saturday or Sunday and you can see expert falconers along with their majestic birds of prey from 11am – 5pm.

If you’re looking for a treat to give your dad this Father’s Day, why not discover life in the Roman army.

On Father’s Day weekend, daring dads can take part in military drill under the watchful eye of the Centurion at Chesters Roman Fort on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, from 11am to 5pm.

If roaming with Romans takes your fancy, you could join in with the Soldiers of the Wall event for children at Housesteads Roman Fort on Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24 – again between 11am and 5pm each day.

Jon Hogan, events manager at English Heritage, said: “We’ve got something to suit every taste this summer. Whether it be Romans, outdoor theatre or medieval mayhem, English Heritage is welcoming in the summer season in style here in the North-East.”

There’s other attractions too. Have a go at archery, watch actors on show or just enjoy an open-air picnic.

To find out more, including ticket details and prices, contact 0870 3331181.