Bignor Roman villa visitors watch as gladiators do battle

Visitors travelled back in time to watch gladiators fighting at Bignor Roman Villa.

Saturday, 10th June 2017, 3:36 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:20 am
DM17526925a.jpg Bignor Roman Villa Living History event. L to R Jack Labelle-Hughes 9, Mark Goble and Nina Mander-James. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170406-153159008

On Saturday and Sunday, villa guests young and old were treated to displays of gladiator fighting from Raven-Tor reenactors.

Crowds cheered on their favourite gladiators as they fought for honour and their lives.

Luckily for the losing gladiator, the crowds showed mercy and they were spared.

Visitors also learned about Roman herbs and the influence of religion from the Raven-Tor historical re-enactors who did demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Raven-Tor will be back by popular demand on the following dates this summer: July 1 to 2 and August 5 to 6.

Visitors can walk amongst the world class Roman remains and see the exquisite mosaic floors.

The villa was a rich working farm in Roman Britain and the land is still farmed to this day by the Tupper family, descendants of George Tupper who discovered the site whilst ploughing in 1811.

Bignor Roman Villa has a large picnic area with stunning views and its tearoom will be serving delicious cakes and cream teas.

With access to fabulous countryside walks, plus children’s activities and stunning mosaics in the villa there will be something for the whole family.

The villa is open from 10am with last entry at 4pm.

Normal admission to the villa applies, and there is ample free parking.

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