I would consider myself quite lucky in that there is a Roman fort only a short walk away from where I live. The fort, Arbeia, is located on the southern side of the mouth of the River Tyne, in South Shields. From time to time, the fort hosts various activities and displays and today there was a Roman cavalry display.
The three cavalry soldiers (you can see two of them above) put on a display that demonstrated the use of the sword and javelin from horseback (the latter shown in the picture below)
There was a bit of a sea mist today as you can tell from the the view of the houses in the background!
I also took a picture of some of the equipment on display, including helmets and armour. The group that did the demonstration is called Equistry and based in York (should really refer to it as Eboracum here)!
And although the pictures might suggest that all of this took place in a park in a residential area, it was in the fort grounds, and here’s a picture of the fort’s reconstructed West Gate!
The fort grounds also contain quite impressive reconstructions of a barrack block and the commander’s house, but there were quite a few people about today so I couldn’t really get any decent pictures! And I did get to make a fuss of one of the horses, which made it all the more worthwhile!