ADVANCE OF THE ROMANS -The Ermine Street Guard

ADVANCE OF THE ROMANS -The Ermine Street Guard

1 Jun 2024 - 2 Jun 2024

Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Come to Flag Fen for the first ever Advance of the Romans event and meet the authentic Roman soldiers. Led by the Ermine Street Guard, renowned for their dedication to historical accuracy and authenticity, this event promises to be an immersive journey into the past. Whether you're curious about Roman cuisine, fascinated by ancient craftsmanship, or simply eager to step back in time, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

ADVANCE OF THE ROMANS -The Ermine Street Guard

Step into the shoes of a Roman soldier as you meet authentic reenactors who will showcase their armor, equipment, and military prowess. From live demonstrations of training exercises to the precise maneuvers of Roman legions, spectators will witness firsthand the discipline and skill that defined the Roman military unit.

For those eager to try their hand at ancient skills, there will be an opportunity to use a quern stone mill, a device used in ancient Rome for grinding grains into flour. Visitors can experience firsthand the labor-intensive process of milling grain and gain a deeper appreciation for ancient technology.

Arena displays. Twice each day, at 12noon and 3pm comprising an explanation of the armour and equipment of the Roman soldier, a demonstration of marching and daily drill and a demonstration of battle tactics, followed by a display of Roman artillery.

Story telling in the roundhouses. Boudicca with her chariot, tells the story of her rebellion against the Romans.
10.30am, 11.15am, 1pm, 1.45pm & 2.30pm

Children’s how to be a Roman Soldier. Children are invited to become new recruits in the Roman Army, their Roman leader will teach them how to march and how to use their Roman sword and shield.

Roman Dig. Be a mini archaeologist and have a go at digging and recording what you find in the Flag Fen Roman Villa.

Roman Gods and Goddess trail. Find the clues hidden around Flag Fen, to find out more about the Roman pantheon.






Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)


Adult (annual pass holder)


Child (annual pass holder)


Family (annual pass / 2 adults and up to 3 children)

The site is accessible for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs. There is an accessible route from the visitor centre, to the Causeway preservation hall and Hudson Barn. The mere walk may not be suitable for buggies and wheelchairs in wet weather as it is a combination or grass and wood chip path surface.

There is an accessible car park, with ample spaces located very close to the main visitor centre.

Due to the abundance of wildlife around the site, only guide dogs can accompany their two-legged companions.

A day out to remember - Enjoy our family-friendly walking trail, experience the reconstructed Bronze Age & Iron Age roundhouses, and hop and jump around the play area. Top it all off with a relaxing bite to eat, hot cuppa or treat in our Roundhouse Café.

Check out Flag Fen's self-led activities, which include:

  • Den building
  • The Big Dig Tent
  • Roundhouse play village
  • Play area

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ADVANCE OF THE ROMANS -The Ermine Street Guard

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