Free activity day at Newport Roman Villa

Newport Roman Villa will be hosting a free archaeology activity day on Saturday, July 27, to celebrate the National Festival of Archaeology.

There will be free admission to the villa for visitors to enjoy the Roman remains, as well as a whole host of family friendly activities.

The event, organised by Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Service, starts at 11am and activities will finish at 3pm.

Frank Basford, Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, will be on site to identify any archaeological finds you may have found. There will be family friendly activities including a ‘mini dig’ and archaeology inspired craft activities.

Island heritage service’s human histories curator, Corina Westwood, said: “If you have found an artefact in your garden or on the beach, Frank will be able to identify it and it may even get recorded on the website and database of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

“Our colleagues from the council’s County Archaeology and Historic Environment Service will also be on hand to give you an insight to the work they carry out.”

The Roman Villa is located in Cypress Road, Newport, a short walk from the town centre.