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Create your own Saturnalia Event

01 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022

Throughout November and December 2022.

The word ‘Saturnalia’ has the meaning of ‘an occasion of wild revelry or indulgence’.

Throughout November and December we are inviting anyone and everyone to join the festivities and deliver their own Saturnalia celebrations, events and activities to make this a truly wall-wide knees up. 

We’re inviting YOU to get involved and host an event or activity for Saturnalia as part of Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival, and it could be anything from hosting a Saturnalia-themed Christmas Party in your local village hall to a banquet in your living room or local pub.

You could encourage your neighbours to decorate their windows or create lanterns for their doorsteps or nominate the most mischievous member of your community as Lord of Misrule to preside over your celebrations. 

Click here for Saturnalia Packs developed by artist, Hannah Fox, to help you with your celebrations including traditional recipes, Saturnalia Songs, and inspiration on themes, activities and making your own decorations.

Anyone can deliver activity – individuals, groups, businesses – and at any scale. 

It can be a public event with tickets, or just with a group of friends, a business venture or a solo activity. All activities will be listed on the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival website to either advertise them or document them or both. 

If you’re interested in delivering a Saturnalia activity, no matter how big or small, please complete the form below to register your interest: 

Organisers are expected to be responsible for the management, safety, local marketing, and funding for their events, so please ensure you have considered this in putting yo

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Roman Rovers Wonder Walks

Saint Michael’s Church, Church Street, Stanwix, Carlisle, CA3 9DJ

08 Nov 2022 - 02 Dec 2022

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile
  • Visually impaired friendly

Delivered by Effective Communities

Part of the wonder walks series, join Effective Communities on a series of short accessible walks in Carlisle.

From a starting point of Uxelodunum in Stanwix to Luguvalium – Carlisle Castle, the journey will take us fort to fort at the western edge of the northern frontier of the roman Empire. All Welcome. Just turn up.

Tuesday November 8th: 10am
Tuesday November 22nd: 10am
Friday November 18th: 2pm
Friday December 2nd: 2pm

Email: markcostelloe@hotmail.com

Call Mark on: 07864 080 596. Supported by: Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants.

Made possible with: National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Don’t Mention the Wall

Hare Hillm Hadrian's Wall, Hadrian's Wall Path Brampton CA8 2JJ

09 Nov 2022

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Visually impaired friendly

Delivered by ArtCouple (Ursula Troche and Simon Bradley)

Our performance ‘Don’t Mention the Wall’ is an entertaining, humorous and imaginative journey into the meaning of the wall, and its similarities and differences with the Berlin Wall – and other walls, borders, as well as transformed, fallen or abandoned divisions.

We take a spoken- and sound-journey from wall to wall, and explore ways of getting over, past or beyond a wall, from one wall to another, creatively responding to space and place(s).

This show is adapted from our ‘Compressed Time Frames’ show, performed in Leeds and in Somerset, connected by the theme of ‘time’ , being at the heart of the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival. And so we respond to and imagine time on the wall, telling time- and places-tales beside the wall itself, at its tallest point.

The crumbling wall also illustrates the transformative power of time, along with its challenges, such as climate change, which is endangering our future as well as our past, our heritage and land-marks, and so we want to raise awareness of the impact of changes, not only social but environmental too.

Length of performance: Hadrian’s Wall took 6 years to be built, and the Berlin Wall fell 33 years ago on the day of this performance. We will translate that into performing 33 + 6, and so perform for 39 mins. If the weather is bad, then we calculate 33 – 6. and so perform for 27 mins.

If the weather is good, there will be time afterwards for (more) participative activities afterwards, such as connecting through a string of yarn across the wall, and sharing stories of crossing places.

Funding: We did not ask for funding for this particular event, as we recognise the importance of performing on the wall on our particular date of the 9th November – so are happy to give our homage to the Wall and the Festival.

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1900 Bunting Exhibition

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum, Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7JN

22 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022 , 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Vindolanda Trust

Celebrating the 1900th anniversary of the building of Hadrian’s Wall we set ourselves and everyone around the world a challenge. To create by knitting, crocheting or sewing 1900 flags of bunting which will decorate our replica section of Hadrian’s Wall at Roman Vindolanda in an exhibition between 22nd-30th October 2022.

This was an opportunity for everyone who has been inspired by Hadrian’s Wall, no matter where they are in the world, to become part of the celebration of this iconic landmark and its impact over the 1900 years it has stood.

We soon discovered that everyone was up for the challenge! Flags arrived at Vindolanda in their droves from Corbridge to Canada, and beyond! You will be able to see all the submissions in a special display over October half term as we stitch them together to dress our replica section of Hadrian’s Wall with the most colourful and uplifting display.

The bunting flags will be on display for the whole week and will be a riot of colour and celebration. In addition in the Vindolanda Activity Centre you can view the beautiful postbox topper made by Laetitia Loops as well as an assortment of letters from people around the world who have sent in their creations to be part of this international event.

This event is free with admission to Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum. For more information visit www.vindolanda.com or call 01434 344 277 or email info@vindolanda.com

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Hadrian Forest School

Gee's Wood, Haydon Bridge: NE47 6AH

15 Sep 2022 - 29 Oct 2022

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly

Delivered by The Nurture Project CIC

The Nurture Project CIC will facilitate a 6 week programme of forest school activities inspired by Hadrian’s Wall and the Roman ways of life, culminating in a family fun day at the end of half term to celebrate and showcase the project.

Exploring nature in a beautiful ancient woodland located in Haydon Bridge, within close proximity of Hadrian’s Wall. Activities will include survival skills and crafts inspired by the Romans: fire lighting, campfire cooking, shelter building, exploring crafts such as felt making, weaving, charcoal, natural dyes and more. This project was awarded funding through the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival’s Community Grants scheme.

Thursdays: 10-30-12.00 Under 5’s Hadrian Forest School
Thursdays: 3.30-5.30 Over 5’s Hadrian Forest School
Fridays: 9.45-10.45 Nature Tot’s Tales
Fridays: 10.45-11.45 Nature Tot’s Tunes
Sun 2nd Oct 1.00-2.30 Hadrian Family Forest Fun
Sat 15th Oct 1.00-2.30 Hadrian Family Forest Fun
Tue 25th Oct: 10.00-12.00 + 1.00-3.00 Over 5’s Hadrian Forest School
Sat 5th Nov: 10.00-13.00 Family Fun Day

It will take place over the wooden footbridge at the top of Whittis Hill. what3words location: intestine.alleyway.submit

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Taster Weekend

01 Oct 2022 - 02 Oct 2022 , 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Delivered by Haltwhistle Walking Festival Ltd

How far can you go?

This unique event has been made possible by The Lottery Awards for All.

The aim is for you to discover how far you are able to walk and find out what it is like to take part in a group walk.

You don’t need any special equipment other than comfortable shoes, a waterproof and something to carry your bait (lunch) in.

On each of the two days, a walk will begin and end in the Market Places of Allendale and Haltwhistle and will consist of routes of 4, 6 or 8 miles. Whatever your intention as you set off, if you find you could go further or want to finish earlier, you can join the appropriate group and arrive back where you started. Our experienced and friendly Walk Teams will support you all the way.

Don’t worry about being separated from partners and friends. Anyone waiting for companions will find shops, cafes and pubs to occupy them. Both towns have good transport links and we have timed our walks to fit in with buses and trains.

We will round off the event with tea, coffee and light refreshments in The Comrades, Haltwhistle on Sunday.

More information, the walk descriptions and how to book are on our website:

How far can we take you? How far can you go?

Saturday 1st October 2022 at the Market Place, Allendale

Sunday 2nd October at the Market Place, Haltwhistle

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Food at the Frontier – The Disappearing Ditch

145 Houghton Road, Houghton CA3 0LD

18 Sep 2022


Delivered by Food Carlisle

As part of the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 celebrations and Food Carlisle’s Food at the Frontier project, there will be a guided tour of the “disappearing ditch” in the grounds of Susan’s Farm at Houghton – a part of Hadrian’s Wall not normally accessible to the public.

Please join us on Sunday 18th September to discover this part of Hadrian’s Wall. Short, guided walks along the disappearing ditch and Susan’s Farm will be available at 1130, 1330 and 1430, where you will be able to find out more information about how the land is farmed sustainably with the environment in mind, as well as sample some Roman cooking courtesy of local chef John Crouch and enjoy engineering demonstrations with STEM ambassador Tony Dixon. After the walks, visitors will be welcome to purchase refreshments from the education centre and food from local producers will also be available to purchase on the day.

The event is free to attend. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and wellies are recommended.

Car Parking is available in the police compound across from the field entrance, approx. 200 yards north of the BP garage.

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Classics for All presents: the Hadrian’s Wall Virtual Walk!

01 Sep 2022 - 30 Sep 2022

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile
  • Visually impaired friendly

Delivered by Classics for All

Classics for All is a national charity that supports the teaching of classics in state schools across the UK. At Classics for All, we believe that classics should be available to all pupils, regardless of their background or ability. Our mission is to introduce classics in 1,700 state schools by 2025 – and we need your help to do this.

To celebrate the 1,900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall, Classics for All is launching its first ever sponsored challenge: the Hadrian’s Wall Virtual Walk!

Classics for All is asking supporters to walk the equivalent distance of Hadrian’s Wall (84 miles) over the month of September to raise money for its work supporting classics in state schools.

Starting at Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend and ending at Bowness-on-Solway, this 84 mile walk will take participants on a virtual journey along Hadrian’s Wall Path – one of the UK’s 14 national trails – past Roman towns, temples and forts. Along the way, participants will learn about the history and archaeology of Roman Britain at regular milestones.

This virtual challenge is open to anyone from any walk of life. It can be done individually or as part of a team, and any type of activity counts. You can even swim or cycle the distance!

Everything raised through sponsorship from friends and family will go toward Classics for All’s work supporting classics in state schools. With these essential funds, Classics for All will be able to ensure even more young people have equal opportunities to study classics.

The challenge takes place between 1st – 30th September 2022, but you can sign up and start fundraising now.

Sign up to walk the wall here: https://classicsforall.enthuse.com/cf/hadrianswall

Participants will have the chance to:

• Journey the length of Hadrian’s Wall without the travel expenses
• Learn about the history of Roman Britain
• Boost their fitness (the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall can be covered through as little as 2.8 miles, or 5,600 steps, per day!)
• Be acknowledged in Classics for All’s 2022 Donor Recognition List as a
‘Hadrian’s Wall Champion’


1) Register
• Register for the challenge on Enthuse (see our full How-To Guide for help)
• Follow the steps to set up your fundraising page

2) Get fundraising!
• Share your fundraising page with friends, family, and your community
• Encourage supporters to sponsor you by donating to your fundraiser
• Help Classics for All reach its overall £10k target

3) Get walking!
• From 1st September, start tracking you daily activity using your phone, FitBit or a fitness app of your choice, e.g. Strava, Apple Health, Google Fit
• Add your mileage manually to your fundraising page
• View your progress on your virtual Hadrian’s Wall map
• Share photos and stories from your journey by tagging @classicsforall on Twitter and using #walkthewall

Whether you’re taking part in the challenge yourself, or sponsoring a friend: thank you! Classics for All couldn’t exist without the generosity of its supporters.

With warm thanks to Rory Sutherland for generously supporting this campaign.

If you need any support with your fundraiser, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at events@classicsforall.org.uk. We will respond to your enquiry as soon as we can.

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Maiden’s Way Walk

Slackhouse Farm, Gilsland to Byers Farm, Bewcastle

01 Sep 2022, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Delivered by Food Carlisle

As part of both the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 celebrations and Food Carlisle’s Food at the Frontier project, there will be a guided walk along the part of the Maiden Way from Birdoswald (Banna) to Bewcastle (Fanum Cocidi) on September 1st 2022.

Walkers will gather at 9am at Slackhouse Organic Farm for a light Roman breakfast, and the walk will start at 10am, led by Mark Richards. The Maiden Way passes through Slackhouse Farm and the walk is approximately 8 miles. After Slackhouse Farm, the route of the road is followed partly with permission of landowners and partly on public rights of way. Arriving at Byers farm around 4pm, there will be a Roman-themed afternoon tea.

Dianne and Eric Horn of Slackhouse Organic Farm and The Main family of Byers Farm will be the hosts and will be happy to explain how their lands are farmed. There will be information on the recent Maiden Way dig between Birdoswald Fort and Slackhouse Farm, information on the landscape along the route and a talk about recent Roman discoveries on Byers Farm as well as Bewcastle in general. There will be an opportunity to view the Bewcastle Cross, church, remains of the fort, and museum. The builders of the fort at Bewcastle were housed at a temporary marching fort, the site of which has recently been found at Byers Farm. Cars will return walkers to Slackhouse Farm.

There are a maximum of 20 places on the walk and booking is essential. Dianne Horn at Slackhouse Farm will take bookings, either via email: slackhouseorganicfarm@gmail.com or phone/text 07900 472342. Please bring a packed lunch to eat en route, suitable clothing and footwear for sudden changes in weather and something to sit on to eat lunch.

Donations welcome for food provided by Slackhouse Farm and Byers Farm. There is a suggested donation of £5 for each food offering, to be paid on the day at each venue to help cover the costs.

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Slackhouse Organic Farm Open Day

Slackhouse Organic Farm, Gilsland, Cumbria, CA8 7DB

17 Sep 2022, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Delivered by Food Carlisle & Slackhouse Organic Farm

Dianne and Eric Horn at Slackhouse Organic Farm, together with Food Carlisle, are hosting a Farm Open Day to celebrate both Organic September and HW1900. Slackhouse Farm has an organic dairy herd of pedigree Ayrshire cattle from whose milk the delicious Birdoswald cheese, yoghurt and crowdie are made on the farm. Fruit and vegetables are grown organically and the entire farm is dedicated to low carbon living, down to Herdwick wool carpets and insulation and solar-panel-operated irrigation in the polytunnel. Families are very welcome. Slackhouse Farm lies on the route of the Roman road from Birdoswald to Bewcastle and is visible from Birdoswald fort. There will be farm walks describing organic farming methods, how the farm is dedicated to caring for the soil and increasing biodiversity, underlying geology and Roman activities and influence. There will be children’s activities, meet the animals and Roman-inspired food and drink as well as tea and cake and light lunches, when you can sample produce from the farm. Birdoswald cheese will be on sale in the small farm shop.

The Open Day will take place on September 17th from 11am until 4pm. Booking is not required and everyone is very welcome. There is on-site car parking and level access in the farmyard. It is recommended to wear stout shoes or wellies and bring wet-weather gear for the farm walk which is over fields and rough tracks.

The day will be funded by Slackhouse Organic Farm with a little help from Food Carlisle and Carlisle City Council.

Do not use Satnav. The farm is on B6318 and visible across the field from Birdoswald Fort. From fort, go past car park, turn left at T junction, farm is up hill on right.

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