The Romans are coming to Doncaster

Pic Shaun Flannery/
Pic Shaun Flannery/

The Romans are Doncaster town centre this weekend.

The town is being taken over by two legions of Roman soldiers, who will march in and set up camp on the site of the original fort of Danum – now the grounds of Doncaster Minster.

On both Saturday and Sunday Roman soldiers will march through the town centre before arriving in their arena in front of the Minster to do battle.

Kids can join the Roman army, with uniforms and training provided – no previous experience necessary! - and there will also be gladiator fights.

Over the weekend museum staff and archaeologists will be on hand with Roman artefacts found in Doncaster, including some from the recent excavations at Waterdale, and explain the importance of Danum. Arabian dancers will also give performances.

Everything is free to attend.

Coun Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: “Doncaster’s Roman history predates York’s and this event is a good opportunity to discover more about the town’s heritage. Visitors to the grounds of Doncaster Minster can see part of the original Roman wall which still exists. The Roman army will be marching through town on both days, as well as displays of drill, Roman coin making, and learning how to write their name in Latin script.”

The event is running as part of the St Leger Festival Week 2013.

A pocket-sized festival guide is available at information points across the borough and also online at