Dressed up for the Eboracum Roman Festival.

A new Eboracum Roman Festival will take place in York this summer, themed around all things Roman, including military parades and siege weapon demonstrations.

The event will take place in the city from 1st to 5th June, and groups visiting can explore a recreated Roman camp showing domestic Roman life and peruse stalls selling themed goods.

Various venues will put on guided walks and host expert speakers, while York Museum Gardens, the centre for the festival, will play host to fighting displays and army drills by re-enactors from six Roman Legion.

On the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, more than 50 actors dressed up as Romans will march through the streets of York in a parade, which will be free for groups to watch.

The series of guided walks and talks, led by history experts, will take place at venues around the city, some of which are due to be confirmed closer to the festival. 

One of the experts will be Egyptologist Jo Fletcher, who will entertain visitors with a talk on discovering Ancient Egypt in Roman Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Museum, home some of Britain’s treasured Roman artefacts, will be running various activities and workshops, including two events with bestselling children’s author Caroline Lawrence.

Explore York Libraries and Archives will also host a number of talks by experts.

Additionally, AOC Archaeology will be creating a 3D scan of the Roman Multangular Tower in the Museum Gardens during the festival.

Visitors to their tent at the event can take part in a range of activities with professional archaeologists using up-to-date technology.

Further details on the festival events and how to book tickets will be released shortly on the Yorkshire Museum website.

For further group travel information visit www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk.

(Photo credit: Jo Rutherford).