THE Romans advance into Bo’ness this weekend - but this time it’s a friendly invasion, to get the fourth Big Roman Week underway.
A Roman encampment beside Kinneil Museum takes place tomorrow (Saturday, September 15) with the chance to dress up, meet Antonine Guard members, try fun events and pop into Kinneil Museum, from 1pm to 4pm.
Other Bo’ness dates in the mini-festival until September 23 include:
*Children’s craft session at Bo’ness Library (September 15, 11am-noon - get an advance ticket)
*Italian lessons at St Mary’s Church Hall (September 17, 2-4pm) and Bo’ness Library (September 22, 2-4pm)
*A screening of ‘Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall’ plus a talk by Roman novelist Brian Young at the Barony Theatre (September 17, 7.30pm)
*A walk with archaeologist Dr Rebecca Jones leaving from the Bridgeness Slab replica off Harbour Road (September 18 at 6.30pm) for the Muirhouses Roman Camp site.
Events are all free except for the Italian Night at the Corbie Inn (September 20, 7pm for 7.30pm - £15, tickets from venue) and a special Hippodrome screening of Hercules (September 22, 11am - £2.25).
This film is twinned with the premiere of The Rockin’ History of Kinneil made by Bo’ness Public School P5 pupils.
In addition to other Bo’ness walks, talks and a Roman display, events will be held in Bonnybridge, Laurieston and Polmont.
Visit www.bigromanweek.org.uk for the full programme or get details from local outlets.
The area’s tourism convener, Councillor Adrian Mahoney said this year’s programme was the biggest yet.
“The Roman Week aims to make people more aware of our fantastic ancient history with lots of fun events for all the family,” he said.
“We hope people from across the council area will come along and find out more about their Roman roots.”
The activities mark the birthday of Roman leader Emperor Antoninus Pius who ordered the wall to be built between Bo’ness and Old Kilpatrick.
Bo’net has joined forces with bodies including The Helix, Falkirk Community Trust and The Friends of Kinneil for the celebration, with an Awards for All in Scotland cash injection supporting some core Bo’ness events.