Norfolk youngsters can step back in time this half term and explore life in Roman times, thanks to a packed programme of holiday activities at Norwich Castle Museum.

Togas and sandals aren’t necessary, just a thirst to learn more about Caesar and his pals through short bitesize activities and displays, which are on show from Saturday 11 to Saturday 18 February.

Children can learn how to be a soldier in a Roman Army, take in the sights and smells of a Roman town, make laurel wreath crowns and serpent bracelets or just sit back and learn about the history of the Roman Empire in a 20 minute family friendly performance.

Visitors can marvel at exhibits including the oldest loaf of bread in the world or join Belona’s Battlestar Training Academy to keep fit like a Roman then strut their stuff in a timely Roman fashion show after discovering the cosmetics of the time.

Costumed characters will be on hand to help children explore Roman food and manners and stage and screen veteran Keith Wallis will be showing how gladiators fought differently from the Roman Army.

Volcanologists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) will also be on hand to explain what happened in Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted.

For adults and older children (12+), there is an illustrated talk on animals in Roman and Celtic Art, with curator John Davies.

John Ward, Chairman of Norfolk County Council Joint Museums Committee, said: “The Rowdy Romans is perfect for the whole family to visit. As well as looking at displays of important artefacts, children can get really hands-on at learning about life in Roman times through interactive shows and activities.”

For full details about the timings and dates for each activity, visit the museum’s facebook page at or call 01603 495897.

There is no additional charge for the half-term activities, usual Norwich Castle entry fees apply. Museum admission is: Adults £8.80, Conc £7.90, Child (4-16) £7.80, Family (2 adults) £29.90, Family (1 adult) £22.40.