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ROMAN FORTS: North & South Tyneside forts to open for May bank holiday

ROMAN FORTS: North & South Tyneside forts to open for May bank holiday

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Roman Forts in North & South Tyneside prepare to reopen for May Bank Holiday weekend.

Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum, Wallsend, and Arbeia, South Shields’ Roman Fort are both preparing to reopen their outdoor spaces to the public on 1 May for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is looking forward to welcoming visitors back to its venues, with social distancing measures in place to keep everyone safe. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, 1-3 May, visitors will be able to explore the outdoor archaeological sites of both Segedunum and Arbeia Roman forts for the first time in seven months.

The museum galleries will remain closed until government guidance permits indoor attractions to open on 17 May. The outdoor site at Segedunum Roman Fort will remain open to the public after the Bank Holiday, with the museum re-opening fully to visitors from 17 May. Arbeia, South Shields’ Roman Fort will close to the public from 4 May and re-open fully from 17 May.

Visitors to Segedunum and Arbeia can expect their experience to be different from the time before Covid-19. To make it easier for visitors to stay a safe distance apart, a limited number of people will be admitted at any one time and they are asked to book their visits in advance. Ticketed time-slots can be booked online from 9am, Tuesday 27 April. Entrance to both sites is free, but donations are welcome. For full details of opening times, facilities available and to book tickets, please visit the venues’ websites: www.arbeiaromanfort.org.uk andwww.segedunumromanfort.org.uk

Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager North & South Tyneside, TWAM, said: “We are delighted to be able to reopen these important World Heritage Sites. Arbeia and Segedunum Roman forts both present a very accessible and engaging experience of the eastern end of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier, with significant archaeological remains. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming visitors back.”

Steve Bishop, Senior Manager of Cultural Services at North Tyneside Council, said: “It’s great to see one of the North Tyneside’s most famous visitor attractions getting ready to reopen. I know that a lot of hard work has been done behind the scenes to make sure that returning visitors have a safe and memorable visit and I wish the venue every success as we continue on the road to recovery.”

David Brooks, Corporate Lead for Culture and Leisure at South Tyneside Council, said: “It is great to see Arbeia reopening its outdoor spaces for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

We know there has been a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes to make sure the site is covid secure in line with the restrictions to help keep visitors and staff as safe as possible.

Arbeia is a brilliant attraction giving a fascinating insight into the history of the area. It’s really important that visitors not only enjoy a great day out, but feel confident about returning so that they can enjoy local culture – not just over the Bank Holiday, but when the site fully reopens later in May.”

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