Rockbourne Roman Villa

Teachers Notes

School and Group Visits

This information has been designed to suport teachers and group leaders bringing a visit to Rockbourne Roman Villa.
The resources are aimed at KS2.

Booking a Visit

We can cater for up to 3 class size groups (max 90 children), and our programme is tailored to meet the needs of a class or large size groups.

Groups of less than 30 can enjoy a 2 hour workshop; Slaves for a Day or Archaeologist for a Day.
Larger groups can enjoy a carousel of 3 sessions over the whole day.

Slaves for a Day - £52 (2 hour workshop)

  • Explore the Site -Lead by a costumed interpretator
  • Roman Slave Activities and Crafts – weaving, perfumed oil, stuffed dates, sling shots and roman writing

Archaeologist for a Day - £52 (2 hour workshop)

  • Explore the Site
  • Object Handling - in the museum
  • Mini Archaeological Dig

Carousel - 1 hour sessions, £26 per hour

  • Explore the Site
  • Mini Archaeological Dig
  • Roman Activities and Crafts
    • Make a fabric Roman Bulla (textiles / literacy)
    • Make a Roman Pot (pattern)
    • Make a Wax Tablet (literacy)
    • Create a Feast for a Rich Roman (scrap modeling / food)
    • Crazy Catupults (science and technology – year 5/6)

This is what a typical programme for 1 class might look like:

  • 10am – 12pm : Slaves for a Day
  • 12 midday – 1pm : Lunch and use of shop
  • 1pm – 2pm : Object Handling

Larger groups are usually split into 3 smaller groups, carouselling around 3 different 1 hour sessions. Group 1’s programme may look like this:

  • 10am – 11am : Group 1 Explore the Site
  • 11am – 12 midday : Group 1 Object Handling
  • 12 midday – 1pm : Lunch and use of shop
  • 1pm – 2pm : Group 1 Roman Activities and Crafts

Group 2 and Group 3 will alternate the same sessions.

Opening Times

Rockbourne Roman Villa is open to facilitated school groups booking one of the above programmes Monday to Wednesday, 10am – 2.00pm, between April and October. Schools booking a self led visit can do so on Thursday and Fridays, between April to September, when the museum is open to the general public. Small facilitated groups may also be able to book these days.

What to Bring

  • Wet weather
    The site of the Roman Villa is open air and grassed. In wet weather the site can become very muddy and sometimes water logged. All children should bring wellington boots and waterproof coats. Sometimes it is necessary for the children to take off their boots when entering the museum. Changing into shoes can be time consuming so we suggest the children wear socks during the museum activity.

  • Cold weather
    The children will spend a significant amount of time outdoors, and the activity marquee is unheated and can become draughty. Children should bring jumpers and hats in cold weather. We also recommed jeans or trousers for boys and girls.

  • Hot weather
    Children should bring named sun hats and sun cream should be applied before the visit. School shoes or trainers are still advised rather than sandals.


Packed lunches are welcome but we do request you bring your own rubbish bags and take your litter with you.


We can open the shop when the museum is closed if requested only. The museum shop sells a range of pocket money gifts such as postcards, stationary, and gems. We recommend £1.50 - £3

Wet Weather Plan

There is a wet weather plan for Slaves for a Day and Archaeologist for a Day, however, wet weather arrangements become increasingly difficult with larger groups as the under cover areas can only accommodate up to 70 children in total, comfortably and safely during the delivery of activities.