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Historical Event, from 1 Jul 2017

Hadrian’s Cavalry Live

Hadrian’s Cavalry Live


Carlisle Tourist Information Centre

01228 598596


Dacre Road,


Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site will host a major new exhibition in 2017 celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Running from Saturday 8 April to Sunday 10 September, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery will feature as one of the venues to host part of the wall-wide exhibition.

As part of this unique exhibition, events will also take place at venues across the wall. On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July witness the dramatic sight of 30 cavalrymen performing intricate manoeuvres and showcasing their skills with spears and other weapons in ‘Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle

See Bitts Park transformed into a Roman Cavalry pageant. Visit the mini Hadrian’s Wall visitor village – with all the forts and visitor attractions from along the Wall telling their part of the story. Food, drink and crafts will complement the modern-day experience of the Wall. Pass through the recruiting house to discover a Roman infantry encampment. Here you will join either the red or blue team of supporters – so why not show your true colours by arriving dressed in red or blue?

The sound of trumpets will call you from the encampment to the parade ground, entering the world of the TURMA! See the remarkable sight of 30 horses in formation, performing intricate manoeuvres. Riders will test their skills at arms whilst on horseback as they compete in the Hippika Gymnasia. The show will have you holding your breath as riders mount and dismount in motion, display their skill with spears and perform interweaving manoeuvres across the arena before a dramatic finale completes the competition.

Historically, a Turma took place in a parade ground and involved a series of charges and drills that were performed on horseback. Some of the exercises the cavalrymen performed included javelin, lance and spear throwing as well as horse handling skills and manoeuvres.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 1 Jul 2017 14:00 18:00
Sun 2 Jul 2017 16:00


For full ticket prices and details, visit the Hadrian’s Wall Country website or contact the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre (see contact details).



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Map reference: NY 394563  Lat: 54.89830 Long: -2.94537

Bitts Park is situated off A595 and Hardwicke Circus near city centre.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Carlisle station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls