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Abbey Grounds, The Sele, Hexham, NE46 3LS

15 Dec 2022, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Thursday 15 December
4:30pm until last entry at 7pm
Abbey Grounds, The Sele, Hexham, NE46 3LS 
Visit at any time within the stated opening hours

Saturnalia; it’s a night of mischief, magic and misrule.

Every 100 years a hardy band of mischief makers arrive to make merry
They’re here to throw a party
The original pop-up party
A celebration along the wall, its ancient stones bursting with stories
A celebration of Saturn, god of time, growth, abundance and peace 
Most importantly, a celebration of all of us, right now
A chance to capture the moment, to carpe the diem

These mischief makers, these noise-makers, these light-bearers, these fire-lighters 
They are your guides, your fellow revellers

They’ve got stories to tell you 
Songs to sing you 
Hot apple to brew
A dance move or two

This is a party at your place, your bit of wall, your slice of history.
A party made by those who turn up 

What do you bring? Just yourselves, we’ll take care of the rest.


Saturnalia will go ahead in most weathers. If you are concerned or unsure, please check our Facebook page in the first instance. 

Visit our FAQs page for more information about the events.

Saturnalia has been commissioned by Northumberland County Council on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership for the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival

It is being delivered by the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival team. 

It is funded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the North of Tyne Combined Authority and delivered in partnership with Carlisle City Council and Northumberland County Council.