SCHOOLCHILDREN from across the district will be exploring everyday life in Roman times at St Albans Abbey next week.

The cathedral has arranged a Roman festival, with a packed four-day programme of events which have been rapidly booked up by local schools.

The events include drama and hands on activities such as cooking Roman dishes and handling genuine 2,000-year-old archaeological finds.

Education officer Annette Cranston said: “We are thrilled so many schools will be taking part in the Roman Festival and to have this opportunity to work with the Verulamium and Mill Green museums.”

  The Reverend Dr Kevin Walton said: "Learning is at the heart of the cathedral’s life and we are delighted to welcome so many children from such a variety of backgrounds to this celebration of our Roman heritage."