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Saturnalia Tour

10 – 20 DECEMBER 2022

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 is a travelling installation made up of music, creative lighting, fire, interactive projection and an entertaining troupe of mischief and merrymakers. It will visit the communities along Hadrian’s Wall, drawing a close to the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival. 


  • Saturnalia is free to attend, and no booking is required. 
  • You can visit any time within the stated opening hours of 4:30pm until last entry at 7pm. 
  • These events are being specially delivered for residents in the ten Hadrian’s Wall communities that the tour will visit. Please do not travel to the events if you live outside of these areas.  
  • Saturnalia will go ahead in most weathers. If you are concerned or unsure, please check our Facebook page in the first instance. 

See further details about the event in each location via the event pages below, and read our Frequesnt;y Asked Questions for more information about the events:


We are looking for volunteers to support the delivery of the Saturnalia Tour. Find out more via the link below:

Touring Events


South Shields

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

South Marine Park, South Shields, NE33 2NL

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

Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, NE28 6HR

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Denton Burn

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

Behind Denton Burn Library, NE15 7QQ

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

Memorial Garden (next to Knott Memorial Hall), Heddon-on-the-Wall, NE15 0BG

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

Abbey Grounds, The Sele, Hexham, NE46 3LS

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

Green near Howard Memorial Shelter, Brampton, CA8 1EH

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

Chances Park, behind Morton Community Centre, Carlisle, CA2 6JP

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

Silloth Green (access via Lawn Terrace and Criffel Street) Silloth, CA7 4DA

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

Behind Ewanrigg & Netherton Community Centre on The Arches, Maryport, CA15 8HF

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