The Roman History of St Albans is a vital part of this Cathedral City. If you are planning to live in or around a city like St Albans it is great to see how history is celebrated and creates a real sense of community. This summer running from Friday 21st until Sunday 30th June, the city of St Albans rediscovers its Roman heritage during a 10-day festival with events for every member of the family to enjoy.
There will be lots of activities so you can take a walk back in time to where the history of the city of St Albans all began from the story of Alban, Britain’s first saint, martyred around 300AD to exploring the other reminders of Roman life in St Albans at the Roman Theatre to the Roman ruins of Verulamium. There will be a whole host of activities on offer for this special St Albans Festival!
To launch the 2019 Roman Festival on Saturday 22nd June, St Albans Day will be two amazing events; In the morning, a collection of magnificent 12ft carnival puppets will take to the streets to re-enact the story of Alban, accompanied by a great procession. In the afternoon the first Alban Fest will be taking place on the Abbey Orchard, jam-packed with free Roman-themed entertainment including live military battles, crafts, food, music and more!
Lots of local St Albans businesses and venues are getting involved to make it a -wide event. Those already signed up are; Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans Film Festival, the Alban Street Festival, St Albans Museums, The Roman Amphitheatre, The Pudding Stop and the Odyssey Cinema. You can look forward to Roman-film showings, themed menus, historical city walks and talks, plays and performances, including a Roman pub quiz led by Caesar Chris, St Albans Film Festival showing Gladiator and the City guides leading special tours, ‘a Roman City revealed.’