Celebrate Castleford’s Roman heritage during a free family fun day at Castleford Roman Festival! From interactive demonstrations to hands-on activities, this vibrant festival offers something for everyone.

Explore the festival’s bustling Encampment Stalls, where you can witness skilled artisans at work. Watch as a carpenter showcases the fine craftsmanship of Roman woodworking, or marvel at the intricate willow and straw weaving. Step back in time as the blacksmith forges iron into tools and weapons, just as the Romans once did.

Take part in the festival’s interactive offerings, from testing your skills at classic Roman games to striking your own commemorative coin. Or have a go at purse making and laurel wreath crafting, two beloved pastimes of ancient Rome.

Pop in to Forever After Collective and have a go and creating your own Roman helmet, or create your own Roman soldier to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Follow a knowledgeable guide on a captivating Guided Tour, or uncover the past first hand at the Archaeology Dig. Be entertained by the Rhubarb Theatre Horses’ comedic walkabout act, and immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Roman Theatre Show.

Encounter a true living statue as the Roman Living Statue, a man painted in stone, stands as a silent sentinel amidst the festivities. Unleash your creativity at the Craft Workshop, where you can collaborate to build a life-sized mosaic Roman Soldier.

Venture beyond the festival grounds to explore the offerings of Carlton Lanes, where you can indulge in free face painting, and Queens Mill, where you can witness the age-old process of stone flour milling. Inside the Indoor Market, you can paint your own pottery masterpiece with the Riverside Paint A Pot team.

For a truly immersive experience, visit the Castleford Museum team (both inside the museum and on Carlton Street), where you can handle authentic Roman artefacts and participate in engaging activities that bring the past to life.

As the festival draws to a close, why not sit back and hear from author Jacquie Rogers in Castleford Library as she discusses her latest Quintus Valerius Roman Britain mysteries. Her latest novel, The Loyal Centurion, opens in Lagentium – the Roman name for Castleford!

    Access facilities

  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Town Centre Precinct, Castleford, WF10 1BB