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Gladiator Games return to Londonium : Roman fun at the Guildhall – 25th to 28th August 2017

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Beneath the historic Guildhall in the City of London is the site of London’s only Roman amphitheatre whose remains were uncovered by archaeologists over 30 years ago under the courtyard.

In August, new gladiatorial battles will commence at the very location where Roman gladiators fought 2,000 years ago. Eight thrilling afternoon and evening events will take place across the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Friday 25-Monday 28 August 2017.

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Gladiators in full, magnificent battle dress will enter the arena before packed crowds and fight a series of powerful battles – intense clashes of steel swords, brightly decorated shields, spears and shining armour. The audience will become a big part of the action, taking sides and encouraging the emperor to save or spare each stricken fighter.

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The Gladiator Games are performed by Britannia, the collective renowned for its work on the BAFTA-nominated CBBC programme, Horrible Histories, and the celebrated Ridley Scott film, Gladiator. Each performance is the result of research into events in the 1st century A.D., using images drawn from Roman coins, paintings, sculpture and mosaics, surviving commentaries and archaeological finds.

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Accompanying the main event will be a special Roman festival, which will bring the audience closer to life in Londinium, the largest city in Britannia from around AD50 to 410 and a major international port. Musicians will perform, Roman clothes and equipment will be made, crafts demonstrated and explained, and the Museum’s experts will invite the audience to examine and handle real Roman artefacts. Below ground, close to the ruins of the amphitheatre, there will be a special small display of artefacts from the Museum of London that looks at representations of gladiators in Londinium.

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The Games form part of a three-month festival that will celebrate the unique Roman heritage at the heart of the capital, hosted by the City of London Corporation. The festival, called Londinium, is made up of exhibitions, walks, talks, theatre, film and special events, taking place from 28 July – 29 October 2017.

For more information and tickets , visit the City of London website here

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Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park – 18th to 28th June 2015

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Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park 18th to 28th June

The Strokes join headliners Blur, Kylie Minogue, The Who and Taylor Swift for the first major music event of the summer in Hyde Park, there will also be top comedy acts from the 22nd to 25th June and the festival will finish with Britain’s Biggest Family Event on the 28th June

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Thursday 18th June – The Strokes         Tickets

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Saturday 20th June – Blur                       Tickets

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Sunday 21st June – Kylie                             Tickets
Monday 22nd June – Thursday 25th June – Midweek Comedy – Tickets
includes Rich Hall, Marcus Brigstocke, Jim Jefferies,Ed Byrne, Gina Yashere, Jimeóin, Stephen K Amos.

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Friday 26th June – The Who                  Tickets

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Saturday 27th June – Taylor Swift         Tickets
Sunday 28th June – Britain’s Biggest Family Event  Tickets
includes Union J, Justin Fletcher – CBeebies Superstar, Collabro, Dick & Dom, Sam & Mark SpongeBob SquarePants, Bart & Homer Simpson, Horrible Histories, Brainiac Live!, Chickenshed Theatre, Cook & Line – CBeebies Swashbuckling Pirates, The Cuban Brothers, Shaun The Sheep and much more.

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British Summer Time Hyde Park Family Event – 28th June 2015

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The  British Summer Time Hyde Park is providing some of the biggest gigs of the summer, however they have not forgotten the children with a bumper line up to please the whole family. The final day of British Summer Time Hyde Park this year will be filled with musical acts, comedy and good old fashioned family entertainment, plus award winning street food.

Headed up by boyband  Union J and including everyone from Britain‘s Got Talent winners Collabro to king of kids TV Justin Fletcher and more CBeebies stars, right up to teen YouTube sensations.

Family Day in Hyde Park has proved an annual hit since the  start of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park in 2013.The star of the show for younger children is BAFTA Award Winning CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher MBE of “Mr Tumble” fame. Justin will be commanding the Great Oak Stage for a high-energy song and dance show.
Joining Justin on the Great Oak Stage are Dick & Dom competing against each other in a series of hilarious challenges.

BAFTA Award-winning children’s presenters Sam & Mark will be bringing their hugely anticipated ‘On the Road Show’ packed with laughs, jokes, sketches, prizes and bundles of family interaction and games!

The Horrible Histories team will be regaling the audience with their original live sketches, the award winning Science TV Series Brainiac Live! will also be on the Barclaycard Stage for a tour of the weird and wonderful.

Renowned theatre company Chickenshed will be returning  with performances of its acclaimed and highly popular children’s show Tales from the Shed. Bart & Homer Simpson, Spongebob Squarepants, Titan the Robot will all be at Hyde Park to spend time with their fans and provide photo opportunities. Penguin Random House will be bringing along some family favourites –  Spot the Dog and Baby Bookworms for storytelling sessions, games, dancing and singing. Peppa Pig and George will also be having their very own reading sessions too.

Families will also be able to join Shaun The Sheep for fun and games that will have them bouncing, singing and running around the farmyard with Shaun and his friends.
Cook and Line CBeebies Swashbuckling Pirates will be appearing for a rip-roaring pirate adventure! Full of fun songs and silly slapstick comedy.

Teens will have their own enttertainment with family comedy from the Cuban Brothers or visiting the Teen Zone or Urban Area.

The Summer Stage will be dedicated to the young rising stars of YouTube, with performances from: talented musician Bethan Leadley; lifestyle vlogger Helen Anderson will be sharing fashion and beauty tips and taking questions from the audience; Hazel Hayes – Chewing Sand, comedic duo The Mandeville Sisters, Becca Lammin and Grace Victory, Ugly Face of Beauty will all be there to share their lifestyle tips.

The Urban Area will be filled with a mix of urban sports from BMX to Parkour.  Watch the Extreme BMX team and the Parkour Team as they negotiate their way around the arena, regardless of obstacles.

If you would like further information or buy tickets visit the Barclaycard Hyde Park website here

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