Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Charge in Carlisle
Bitts Park, Carlisle, CA3 8UZ

Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Charge in Carlisle

Red or Blue? Which team is for you? Show your true colours and arrive at Turma! dressed in red or blue!

Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Live in Carlisle - as featured in The Guardian, Where to go on holiday in 2017: the hot list and The 20 best destinations to visit in 2017, The Telegraph.

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July witness the dramatic sight of 30 cavalrymen performing intricate manoeuvres and showcasing their horseman skills including with spears and other weapons in ‘Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle. Support one of the teams of riders as they compete for glory before the Emperor himself.

There's plenty for families to see and do as Bitts Park is 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 family-friendly excitement will complement the modern-day experience of the Wall. Pass through the recruiting house and choose your team - red or blue? You may be challenged to change your mind! Discover a Roman infantry encampment garrisoned by the Ermine Street Guard and Roma Antiqua, talk to the soldiers, find out about their kit and life in the Roman army. The Village will be open to visitors from 12noon - 8pm on Saturday and 12noon - 6pm on Sunday. Don't forget you book your performance times for Turma! which are Sat 2pm & 6pm and Sunday 4pm.

The sound of trumpets will call you from the encampment to the parade ground, entering the world of the TURMA! Watch 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 display their sharp-wittedness with spears and perform interweaving manoeuvres across the arena; cheer on your team as they score points throughout the competition working towards a dramatic finale.

A turma was a troop or squadron of 30 cavalrymen. Cavalrymen and their horses trained regularly on parade grounds. The training drills were performed on horseback and included javelin, lance and spear throwing as well as horse handling skills and manoeuvres.

The whole ticketed experience including visiting the Roman encampment, the Hippika Gymnasia and meeting the riders and their mounts afterwards will last around 90 minutes.

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The online box office will close 1 hour before each show. Tickets will be available to buy on the day at Bitts Park however, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Limited tickets available for Saturday 1 July at 2pm.


Event dates: 
1 Jul 2017 to 2 Jul 2017
Opening details: 
Events take place on Saturday at 2pm (limited tickets remain) & 6pm and on Sunday at 4pm.
Pricing details: 
Tickets cost £8.00 for children and £12.00 for adults. Family ticket £35.00.
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The main funder of Hadrian's Cavalry is the Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund.


Carlisle City Council are a main sponsor of Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Charge in Carlisle.


Project delivery partners


Turma! Presented by Culture Creative and The Troop

Proud sponsors

Carlisle City Council

Christian Levett

Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Partnership


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