Bring your little (and big) ones for free Roman-inspired family activities in the majestic surrounds of Guildhall Yard and London’s Roman Amphitheatre where there is plenty to keep young centurions, budding Ciceros, Lara Crofts or Indiana Joneses (especially those at KS2) entertained.
The Big Dig: fancy yourself an archaeologist? Then grab a hard hat and a trowel and join the team from the Museum of London to excavate the trenches of the Big Dig in Guildhall Yard. Experts will be on hand to show you how to record, analyse, identify and interpret your finds, and piece by piece you’ll uncover the fascinating world of early Londoners. You can also join an object-handling session and hold genuine Roman antiquities with a trained archaeologist in the amphitheatre.
Caroline Lawrence: awarding-winning author of the children’s best-selling book series The Roman Mysteries, will be leading workshops on how to write your own Roman mystery. She’ll explain how she finds her inspiration in art and objects, how she develops characters like Flavia and Nubia, and may even reveal a secret or two from her new Roman Quests series set in Roman Britain.
The MOLA Time Truck: explore the pop-up exhibition Making the Mithraeum, curated by top archaeologists, and handle objects used in the reconstruction of the Temple of Mithras. Find out how the 14,000 archaeological finds were processed during excavations on the site of Bloomberg’s new European Headquarters, and get a fascinating insight into one of London’s most important new heritage sites. This event is supported by Bloomberg.
Art and craft: craft makers and artists can make a Roman terracotta lamp based on Roman designs, fashion mosaics with tissue paper, or even recreate the Roman London cityscape in an all-day drawing session.
Gladiators: hear about the life of a gladiator in Londinium and the experiences of warriors as they battled in the amphitheatre. Try on their armour, and learn some sword skills.
Liberiorum Londinium: each day starts with Liberiorum Londinium (Children’s London), a family-friendly walk that introduces children to life as a Roman citizen. Discover the remains of the Roman fort and what life was like as a militis (soldier), shop for food that the Romans would have eaten, enjoy entertainment at the amphitheatre, and learn a little Latin along the way.
Prices and Opening Times
Spaces for all activities are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.
Children must be accompanied by an adult; no more than six children per adult.
Events run throughout the day between 11am and 4.45pm. All activities are free.
The Big Dig sessions start at 12pm on 8 August, each session lasts 45 minutes.
Caroline Lawrence workshops start at 11am on 8 August and 2pm on 9 August.
Making the Mithraeum at the MOLA Time Truck opens on 9 August between 12pm and 5pm in Guildhall Yard.
Liberiorum Londinium starts at 11am, you can sign up from 10.30am in the shop of Guildhall Gallery where the tour begins. For children over five years old, this walk lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Not all parts of the walk are step-free.
Venue Details & Map
Guildhall YardLondonEC2V 5AE
- +44 (0)20 7332 3700
- Public transport:
- Tube: Bank, Moorgate Follow street signs for Guildhall or Guildhall Art Gallery.