Chester Racecourse to Honour Roman History

The Roodee, Chester’s world famous and record-breaking racecourse, recently announced an event set to take place this spring. May will see it host a family-friendly spectacle entitled “Roman Day”, paying tribute to the city and racecourse site’s historic roots.

The single-day event is being held in partnership with Deva Fest. At the time of the Roman occupation, where Chester stands today was a fortress called Deva Victrix named after the Goddess of the river Dee which flows through the city.

The May event has been designed for families and a whole host of Roman-themed entertainment and activities are planned to take place. Children attending can participate in the Gladiator School and learn about the art of combat while training like arena gladiators. The festival fare will feature Roman-inspired drinks and food, and there will be live music, drumming workshops and face painting and storytelling sessions for little ones.

Commenting in the event at Chester Racecourse, its Chief Operating Officer Steve Davies said:

“We’re really excited to team up with Deva Fest for an incredible afternoon of family fun out on the Open Course. Roman Day is always an unmissable occasion, where you can race through history and immerse yourselves in an amazing line-up of entertainment and activities.”

Roman Day will be held at Chester Racecourse on Saturday, May 25. Tickets for the Chester Races Roman Day are now on sale with children’s tickets at £10 and admission for adults priced at £15. Children under five can enjoy free entrance to the event.

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