Kings Cross Roman Festival

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This weekend I’ve been working at the Kings Cross Roman Festival in London as a facepainter. Located a short walk from Kings Cross station,Granary Square has been transformed into a Roman empire for one weekend.

The event includes immersive performances and activities from making your own mosaic to going on a horse carriage ride (and obviously not forgetting having your face painted by me!).

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This isn’t the first time King’s Cross have put on an immersive historical journey, last year gave members of the public an opportunity to explore victorian times.

I’m still not 100% sure why King’s Cross were funding this (what I would imagine to be expensive) festival, my guess is that it’s to raise the profile of the area – which seemed to work as the area was heaving throughout the entire live hours!

With the weather holding out and lots of activities for adults and children, this really turned out to be a great event. I can’t help but wonder if the fact it was named as the number one thing to do in London this weekend by Time Out magazine, or purely down to marketing or word of mouth – but they seem to be doing it right…

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Mosaic making class.


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Shield making class.


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Face painting.

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Wool weaving class.


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Clay shaping class.


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Hair braiding.


Not only were there plenty of great activities going on, but down the steps of Granery Square leading to the canal, a big movie screen has been set up and is showing some classic Roman inspired films on Friday and Saturday evenings, during the day on Saturday and Sunday. So even if you’re not a fan of fun activities, you can sit back on the fake grass with a beer and watch some classics.

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photo 5I’ll take their word for it… they did look pretty damn amazing.

photo 6A very quick way to get on my good side – a decent priced glass of Prosecco…

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Not too bad for a free day out! (Besides the drink and food of corse – we’d be crazy to be handing out free beer and pastrami sandwiches)

So if you’re around Kings Cross tomorrow, come by and check out the event, and come see me on the face painting stand. If you’re lucky I’ll even make you into a roman gladiator 🙂

x H


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