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Romans, Ghosts, and Heritage

The Huntingdonshire History Festival has unveiled its programme for 2023, with all sorts of exciting  events taking place across the county. This year’s series of events, which runs throughout July, has an even more exciting array of things to do for all ages, from an historical re-enactment to nature walks, family activities to history tasks, ghosts tours and museum displays.  The festival takes place across Huntingdonshire, with events taking place in Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Ramsey Warboys, Godmanchester, Kimbolton, Great Paxton and Needingworth.

The History Festival opens on Saturday 1 July, with a two-day Roman re-enactment at Castle Hills Park in Huntingdon. There’s the opportunity to visit Roman living history displays and find out about daily life 2,000 years ago, watch Roman soldiers at drill and exciting Gladiator combat displays daily. There will also be family activities available both days, with Roman themed crafts on the Saturday and Roman themed Lego modelling on Sunday.

The festival includes guided walks and tours of Huntingdonshire, exploring aspects of our local history, special nature walks and even ghost tours of our larger towns, chances to see behind the scenes and see rare artefacts at Huntingdonshire  Archives, the Cromwell Museum, and the Norris Museum, and much more besides!

Mike Addis, Chair of the Huntingdonshire History Festival, says “the History Festival continues to grow in terms of its reach across our historic county, and we’re delighted to have more events across different communities than ever before. We have around 40 events taking place this year, with at least one thing to do most days of the month long festival and something during the programme to suit everyone’s tastes and interests.” The full Huntingdonshire History Festival programme can be found online at  www.huntshistoryfest.com  with links to all th events taking place.  Many of the events have limited places and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Regular updates are also posted via the Festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages, both @huntshistfest.  The festival is also grateful for any volunteers who can help steward events – if you have even a few hours that you can offer, please contact Mike Addis at: hunts.history.festival@gmail.com

Source: Huntingdonshire History Festival press release dated 27th June 2024