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GO ROAMIN' FOR THE ROMANS AT WHITSUN.

WROXETER ROMAN CITY HEAD to Wroxeter this Whitsun half term holiday and take part in their Roman Family Fun Trail.

From now until June 5, a collection of small model soldiers will be hidden around the Roman ruins; you have to report back to the English Heritage site team with a full register of all the soldiers' names to exchange for a small prize.

"Children love exploring the ruins, and this trail gives them a perfect excuse to look into every nook and cranny as they search for the lost soldiers," explains Wroxeter Roman City's visitor operations manager, Nola Ames.

Visitors over the half term week will also continue to enjoy access to the Roman Town House, built as part of the Channel 4 series "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day", which opened earlier this year.

The house, which was built by a group of 21st century builders using only materials and techniques that would have been employed by construction workers in the fifth century, provides an insight into what life would have been like for Roman settlers in Britain.

Designed as though it was the property of a wealthy merchant, visitors to the property can wander around the living space, servants' room, bedrooms and even the luxurious bathroom, which has been built with a hypercaust underfloor heating system, a copper bath and tiled cold plunge pool.

"The Roman Town House has proved a fantastic draw for leisure visitors and education groups alike, with the site seeing more than double the number of visitors compared to last year," adds Nola.

"For many people, the house adds a degree of perspective to the ruins - suddenly people can see the remains of the walls for what they are - just a fraction of the impressive city of 5,000 souls that it was in its heyday" Wroxeter Roman City is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Admission: pounds 4.80 for adults, pounds 4.30 for concessions, pounds 2.90 for children and pounds 12.50 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children).

English Heritage members get in free.

The site is located in Wroxeter village, five miles east of Shrewsbury on the B4380. For more information, call 01743 761330 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/wroxeter LUNT ROMAN FORT FROM June 1-3, the Lunt Roman Fort is expecting an army of children and families to visit for their Whitsun activities.

On Wednesday 1 June, Ladon the Cat will encourage young visitors to join staff in creating their very own Roman feline to take home and protect their treasures.

Thursday 2 June sees families make The Mouse that Got Away from Ladon's clutches in the Fort's granary. Children could even give him a Roman name.

On June 3, visitors will be invited to Rummage Through Time, as they test their skills sorting out a jumble of Roman objects.

Lunt Roman Fort is the only reconstructed wooden fort in Britain. It dates from the same period as the Boudican rebellion, and the archaeology on site indicates that it was built as a campaign headquarters and supply base.

The Lunt also boasts a reconstructed Gyrus, a circular enclosure used to train cavalry soldiers and their horses. Unique to Britain, the Lunt's Gyrus is one of only two examples in the whole Roman Empire.

All activities are FREE but a site fee applies: pounds 2.50 Adults, pounds 1.25 Concessions, pounds 7.00 Family (2 Adults and up to 4 children). Activities take place between 10.30am and 4pm.

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