To mark the birthday of Emperor Antoninus Pius – who built his Roman frontier, The Antonine Wall, across Falkirk district – we’ve organised a series of events to celebrate our rich Roman heritage. Welcome to the sixth Big Roman Week. From September 13-21, 2014 AD.
Most events are free – but check if you need to book a place (or get tickets in advance). See individual listings for details. These listings may be subject to change.
ALL WEEK – ROMAN DISPLAYS in Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH. You can also see Roman exhibitions at Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, FK1 1YR; and Kinneil Museum, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, EH51 0PR. For opening times, visit www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries and www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 – FAMILY EVENTS: ROMAN CRAFTS – at Bonnybridge Library, Bridge Street, Bonnybridge, FK4 1AD (11 a.m. – noon) and at Bo’ness Library (11 a.m. to noon). Fun activities for children aged five and over. The events are free: get a ticket in advance from the libraries to reserve your places. Call Bonnybridge on 01324 503295 or Bo’ness on 01506 778520. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – FAMILY EVENT: THE ROMAN EXPERIENCE – Workshop at Callendar House, Falkirk, FK1 1YR, 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Become a Roman soldier. Find out how the invaders built the Antonine wall. Examine original Roman objects – and take part in Roman manoeuvres. For ages 7-12. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult. This is partly an outdoor activity, so please wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing. Free. Book tickets by calling the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – FILM: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (PG). Hilarious film version of the smash-hit Broadway musical about wily Roman slave Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) who will do anything to secure his freedom. Co-starring Michael Crawford, Phil Silvers and Buster Keaton. At the Hippodrome Cinema, Hope Street, Bo’ness, EH51 0AA, from 2.30 p.m. Tickets £6.30 (£4.80 concessions). Box office, tel. 01324 506850. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/arts
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – WALK THE WALL: POLMONT TO FALKIRK. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey as he leads a guided walk along the line of the Antonine Wall: from Polmont Old Parish Church, just off Bo’ness Road, Polmont, to Callendar House in Callendar Park, Falkirk. Approx 3.5 miles (one way). Leaves the church at 2 p.m. Free. No need to book, just turn up. Organised by Falkirk Community Trust. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – TALK: LIVING WITH THE WALL. Lunchtime talk at the Green Room in Callendar House by Bob Philip and Kate Arnott, members of the Antonine Friendship Link. They will examine the effects of the West Bank Barrier, in particular on the community of Jayyous in Palestine. This accompanies a small exhibition in Callendar House which offers a contemporary slant on the Antonine Wall. The event will begin at 12.30 p.m. and includes tea or coffee and sandwiches. Cost £7. To book tickets, please call 01324 506850, or email email@example.com, or visit the Steeple Box Office, High Street, Falkirk.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – WALK: ROMAN KINNEIL. Members of The Friends of Kinneil charity join the regular Step Forth walk in Kinneil Estate, visiting the Kinneil Roman Fortlet. Leaves from outside Kinneil Museum at 2 p.m. Free. No need to book, just turn up. www.kinneil.org.uk
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – FAMILY EVENT: CHATTERBOOKS ROMAN READING GROUP. Great Roman-themed, after-school activity for children aged 7-12 years. 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Meadowbank Library, Stevenson Avenue, Polmont, FK2 0GU. Free, just turn up. Contact the library on 01324 503870. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – TALK: THE SCOTTISH TEN. Find out about Historic Scotland and Glasgow School of Art’s project to digitally document the Antonine Wall – including work at Rough Castle, near Bonnybridge, and Bar Hill in Lanarkshire. Upstairs meeting room at Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH, from 7.30 p.m. Followed by light refreshments. Free, no need to book, just turn up. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil – www.kinneil.org.uk Also see www.scottishten.org
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – REFERENDUM DAY – PLEASE VOTE!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – TALK: THE ANTONINE WALL – THE LINEAR BARRIER. Geoff Bailey discusses just how formidable the Antonine Wall was. Upstairs large meeting room at Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness, EH51 0AH, from 2 p.m. Please get a free ticket in advance from the library. Call the library on 01506 778520. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/libraries
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – KINNEIL HOUSE OPEN DAY. Historic Kinneil House, built next to the Antonine Wall, is open for free tours from noon to 3 p.m. (last admission 2.30 p.m.) There will also be a family fun day in the surrounding Kinneil Estate. Free, just turn up (children must be accompanied by an adult). The Friends of Kinneil and Historic Scotland http://www.kinneil.org.uk (Part of Doors Open Days in Falkirk http://j.mp/dod-falkirk )
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – FAMILY EVENT: BIG ROMAN DAY AT KINNEIL. Roman encampment beside Kinneil Museum, Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness, EH51 0PR. Come and meet members of the Roman re-enactment group The Antonine Guard. Check out the table-top Roman War Games. Try making Roman art (for ages 7 and over). Join members of the Kite Club of Scotland and fly a kite (popular even in Roman times!) Or pop into Kinneil Museum to find out about the Antonine Wall. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. No need to book. Just turn up. Organised by The Friends of Kinneil. www.kinneil.org.uk
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 and SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – WATLING LODGE OPEN DAYS. Watling Lodge is a finely detailed and well-preserved example of a late 19th century Arts and Crafts villa, with the added importance of being constructed directly upon one of the best preserved stretches of the Antonine Wall. See inside for free as part of Doors Open Days and Big Roman Week. Open courtesy of Barnardo’s Scotland. Off Tamfourhill Road, Falkirk, FK1 4RE. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 and from 12.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. Other sites in Falkirk are also open as part of Doors Open Days. See http://j.mp/dod-falkirk
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – WALK THE WALL: CALLENDAR HOUSE TO ROUGH CASTLE. Join archaeologist Geoff Bailey as he leads a guided walk along the line of the Antonine Wall: leaving Callendar House in Falkirk at 2 p.m. and heading to Rough Castle, beside the Falkirk Wheel (taking in Watling Lodge and other key sites). The walk will stop off to see the fine arts and crafts building at Walting Lodge, dating from 1894. Walk (one way, just over 4 miles). No need to book, just turn up. Callendar House will also be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day, admission free. Organised by Falkirk Community Trust. www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/heritage
** Please note that distances for walks are approximate. Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer return transport back to venues. For information on buses to and from venues try www.travelinescotland.com