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CHARGE! Roman Cavalrymen to descend on Bitts Park, Carlisle

A huge Roman cavalry re-enactment will take place this weekend at Bitts Park in Carlisle. (Credit North News & Pictures Limited)

[T]urma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle is part of the Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition, currently taking place at ten museums and heritage attractions along the full 150 mile length of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site area.

Running until Sunday 10 September, the exhibition celebrates the cavalry regiments that once guarded the mighty North West frontier of the Roman Empire. It brings together a unique group of Roman cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons on loan from national and international museums; all shown alongside objects from museums across the Wall.

Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle will see cavalry riders display their sharp-wittedness with spears as well as perform interweaving manoeuvres across the arena. Audiences will be split into two teams before cheering on the competing cavalrymen as they score points throughout the competition.

A mini Hadrian’s Wall visitor village will feature all the forts and visitor attractions from along the Wall. Food, drink and family-friendly events, including chariot racing and Roman soldier training, complete the modern-day experience of the Wall.

(Credit North News & Pictures Limited)

Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle takes place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July at Bitts Park, Carlisle. Performance times are 2pm and 6pm on Saturday 1 July and 4pm on Sunday 2 July 2017.

Ticket prices are £8 for children aged 5yrs-16ys (children 4yrs and under go free) and £12 for adults. A special family ticket for two adults and three children costs £35.

Families can make it a full day out by purchasing a joint ticket giving access to Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle and the Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle.

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Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle is funded by Arts Council England, Carlisle City Council and Christian Levett.

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