Join us for a celebration of ancient Greece and Rome...

All the family can travel back in time with this day-long celebration of classics. Learn some Latin, discover the richness of classical culture, sample ancient Roman food and be moved by Greek tragedy. Explore new perspectives whatever your interest – there will be knowledge aplenty for history buffs, culture vultures and foodies.


Latin classes for beginners with a twist: the tables are turned!

For grown-ups, the heart of the festival is a series of quick-fire Latin classes. Whether you are starting Latin completely from scratch or digging up faded memories from years ago, these fun, interactive lessons will have you up to speed on the basics by the end of the day.

And there’s a twist: we’ve turned the tables so the pupils of the school will be doing the teaching! 

Children aged 9 upwards will be writing and presenting their own lessons under the guidance of Latin teacher Katie Hager-Conroy.

Explore ancient life with art, food and stories

Art –
Children can design their own Greek vases, learning about ancient pigments and paints in a workshop with portrait artist Brenda Holtam.

Cooking –
Delve into the world of Apicius, the Roman celebrity chef. Learn how to prepare ancient Roman dishes with Emmanuelle Liebert, tutor of the Form Seven Cookery School.

Politics –
Uncover the secrets of Roman politics, learn more about the ancient art of rhetoric, and try to get Clodius off the hook for a murder in a workshop with Adam D'Souza.

Theatre showcase inspired by iconic Greek tragedies

Be moved by the powerful words of the Greek playwrights, whose characters and stories still resonate two thousand years later.

The festival will culminate in a theatre performance by senior pupils from Hampton Court House, directed by the Actors of Dionysus, a renowned theatre company known for challenging audience perceptions and transforming ancient themes into relevant, urgent and powerful theatre.


Sunday 7 May, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Festival Tickets: £20 adults, under 18s free
Complimentary tickets available for teachers accompanying pupils

Preview evening on Wednesday 3 May, 7.00pm: Footsteps of Odysseus
Free for Festival Ticket holders



Curated by Katie Hager-Conroy and Adam D’Souza with the Actors of Dionysus
Presented by the pupils, parents and teachers of Hampton Court House