The Roman Army will march on County Durham this month as it prepares to reinforce the garrison at an historic fort.

Members of the Roma Antiqua re-enactment group will welcome visitors to Binchester Roman Fort on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August).

The group will be offering an insight into life in the Roman Army with displays of arms, armour and equipment.

There will also be the chance to see some of the items in action, including bows and arrows, sling-staffs and a full scale replica of a ballista catapult.

Younger visitors may even find themselves being recruited and given the chance to defeat the barbarians themselves.

The site’s well-preserved Roman ruins will also be open to the public.

Dr David Mason, Durham County Council’s principal archaeologist, said: “A visit to Binchester is always a fantastic day out but our Bank Holiday events really are not to be missed.

“Visitors will once again be able to take a look at our commanding officer’s house and the adjacent bath building.

“However, this year, they will also have the opportunity to view part of the even more impressive bath building situated outside the fort.”

Events and activities start at 11am, with the full programme repeated from 2pm.

Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £3 for children. Visitors are asked to note that the museum is currently only able to take cash payments.

Dog are not permitted at the site, with the exception of assistance dogs. For more information, call 01388 663 089.