Meet the Romans in the Gardens on Saturday, 23 April, 2022 from 10am to 4pm.

FREE outdoor event.

FREE guided tours at 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm.

The Colchester Roman Society will be in the Gardens sharing their stories and displays about everyday Roman life in Britannia and what it was like to be in the Roman Army.

£3 entry fee for ‘over 11’s to the Visitor Centre, payable at the door (2 children per responsible adult). 

‘Roman Life ~ Dining’

What: An entertaining talk in the ‘Roman Life’ series.

When: Tuesday 26 March 2022, 7.30-9pm,

Where: Roman Circus Visitor Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, CO2 7GZ

Why: Supporting the Roman Circus Visitor Centre Fund

Cost: £5 per ticket CLICK THE LINK TO BUY

The Romans typically ate three meals daily, with dinner considered the most important meal. It also allowed an important social occasion – the dinner party. This exercised the social institution of patronage, allowed the host to show off the best tableware and mosaics, and to surprise the guests with the selection of food and wine on offer.

The ‘Roman Life’ series of talks from Richard Bale explores different aspects of living in Roman times using archaeological and historical evidence. Each talk seeks to reveal the hows and whys of a topic so that we can understand both the similarities and differences with our Roman ancestors.

Please note: This series of talks describe and discuss aspects of Roman Life from an archaeological and historical perspective. Due to the nature of the period, some items may cause offence to a modern audience. The intention of the presenter is to be informative and to represent the Roman period as accurately as possible, both for its good elements and bad.

Colchester Archaeology Talks present: Roman Life – Clothing and Fashion

The series begins at the Roman Circus Visitor Centre on Tuesday 15 February 2022 at 7.30 pm.

Click here to buy ‘CLOTHING AND FASHION’ tickets. (

The ‘Roman Life’ series of entertaining illustrated talks from the knowledgeable Romanist, Richard Bale exploring different aspects of living in Roman times using archaeological and historical evidence. Each talk seeks to reveal the how’s and why’s of a topic, so that we can understand both the similarities and differences with our Roman ancestors.

‘Roman Life – Clothing and Fashion’

For the Romans, the clothes you wore gave an instant indication of your social status. For men, this ranged from the humble tunic for slaves, through to the different coloured togas for Roman citizens. For women, their status determined both the colour, and fabric worn (wool, linen or silk). Fashion was driven by the tastes of the Imperial Court and copied with enthusiasm across the Roman Empire.

Tickets are only £5 !

Click here to buy ‘CLOTHING AND FASHION’ tickets.


Roman Heritage Open Day

Saturday 18 September 2021, 10am-4pm
FREE entry to the Visitor Centre and FREE guided tours of the chariot racing track archaeological remains.

Meet the Romans – learn about life in Britannia in the year 200 CE.

Learn to play Aquila, an ancient Roman board game.

Romans and Horses at Colchester’s chariot-racing track!

Meet the Roman re-enactors of the Colchester Roman Society on Saturday July 24th

All are welcome to attend between 10am and 4pm, with a special appearance by Star, the Caspian horse, in the afternoon.

Join a FREE guided tour of the archaeological remains of Britain’s only known chariot-racing arena.

Free for outside activities, just pay on the door if you would like to go into the Visitor Centre (£3, under 11’s FREE).

On site café serving fresh homemade fare.

NHS Test and Trace

Recording Customer Details – How we use your information

To support NHS Test and Trace, we have decided to collect and keep a limited record of staff, customers and visitors who come onto our premises for the purpose of contact tracing.

By maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and sharing these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, we can help to identify people who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus.

As a customer/visitor of the Colchester Archaeological Trust you will be asked to provide some basic information and contact details.

The following information will be collected:

  • The names of all customers or visitors, or if it is a group of people, the name of one member of the group.
  • A contact phone number for each customer or visitor, or for the lead member of a group of people.
  • Date of visit, arrival and departure time.
  • If you only interact with one member of staff during your visit, the name of the assigned staff member will be recorded alongside your information.

NHS Test and Trace have asked us to retain this information for 21 days from the date of your visit, to enable contact tracing to be carried out by NHS Test and Trace during that period. We will only share information with NHS Test and Trace if it is specifically requested by them. For example, if another customer at the venue reported symptoms and subsequently tested positive, NHS Test and Trace can request the log of customer details for a particular time period. We may require you to pre-book appointments for visits or to complete a form on arrival.

Under government guidance, the information we collect may include information which we would not ordinarily collect from you and which we therefore collect only for the purpose of contact tracing. Information of this type will not be used for other purposes, and NHS Test and Trace will not disclose this information to any third party unless required to do so by law. In addition, where the information is only collected for the purpose of contact tracing it will be destroyed by us 21 days after the date of your visit.

Your information will always be stored and used in compliance with the relevant data protection legislation.

The use of your information is covered by the General Data Protection Regulations Article 6 (1) (f) – legitimate interests of the venue/establishment. The legitimate interest in this case is the interest of the venue/establishment in co-operating with NHS Test and Trace in order to help maintain a safe operating environment and to help fight any local outbreak of coronavirus.

If you do not wish your contact information to be passed to NHS Test and Trace if requested, please speak to the Visitor Centre Manager.

By law, you have a number of rights as a data subject, such as the right to access information held about you. If you are unhappy or wish to complain about how your information is used, you should contact a member of staff in the first instance to resolve your issue. If you are still not satisfied, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Their website address is

Sell out lectures!

Due to the spectacular success of the Colchester Archaeology Talks, unless your seats have already been reserved, from 14th February 2020 tickets for the three remaining talks must be bought in advance.

Please pop into the Roman Circus Visitor Centre, Monday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm, to buy your tickets (cash or cheque).

Alternatively, post a cheque to ‘CAT TALKS’ at the Visitor Centre, made payable to Colchester Archaeological Trust, indicating which talk/s you would like tickets for.

Seating is limited to 100, so don’t wait!

Half-Term Roman Circus Experience

Wednesday. 30 October 3019, 11am – 1pm.

Know a little person who’s learning about the Romans this year?


Find out how the people of Roman Colchester liked to have fun watching the chariot races.

Join the Roman lady, Antonia, at Colchester’s Roman Circus.

Find out fascinating facts about the Britain’s only-known Roman chariot-racing track and explore the archaeological remains of the starting gates.

Try some Roman-style food and complete our Roman Circus Quiz.


£5 per child
£3.50 per ‘Roman’ Child (a good excuse to dress up!)
No charge for accompanying adults.

Winter 2020-21 Opening Times


Good news! Due to the popularity of our recent ‘Colchester’s Street of Tombs’ exhibition and public demand to see the Roman Circus archaeological heritage site, the Visitor Centre and Café will be open to the public TUESDAY to FRIDAY, 11 am to 3 pm, until Easter 2021.

If you haven’t been to site of Britain’s only known chariot-racing track yet, or would like to see what has been recently unearthed in Camulodunum, then why not come along on a week. The Visitor Centre is a great place to spend some time in on a rainy day too!

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