Saturnalia - Abbey Grounds Hexham

Saturnalia is the Festival finale event as we celebrate a wonderful 1900th anniversary year for Hadrian’s Wall and the World Heritage Site. 


Dec 15 2022 - 4:30pm to Dec 15 2022 - 7:00pm

A travelling installation made up of music, creative lighting, fire, interactive projection and an entertaining troupe of mischief and merrymakers.

Saturnalia; it’s a night of mischief, magic and misrule

Every 100 years a hardy band of mischief makers arrive to make merry
They’re here to throw a party
The original pop-up party
A celebration along the wall, its ancient stones bursting with stories
A celebration of Saturn, god of time, growth, abundance and peace 
Most importantly, a celebration of all of us, right now
A chance to capture the moment, to carpe the diem

These mischief makers, these noise-makers, these light-bearers, these fire-lighters 
They are your guides, your fellow revellers

They’ve got stories to tell you 
Songs to sing you 
Hot apple to brew
A dance move or two

This is a party at your place, your bit of wall, your slice of history.
A party made by those who turn up 

What do you bring? Just yourselves, we’ll take care of the rest.



  • Saturnalia is free to attend, and no booking is required. 
  • You can visit any time within the stated opening hours of 4:30pm until last entry at 7pm. 
  • Saturnalia will go ahead in most weathers. If you are concerned or unsure, please check the Saturnalia Facebook page in the first instance. 
  • Visit the FAQs page for more information about the events.


  • Saturnalia has been commissioned by Northumberland County Council on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership for the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival

    It is being delivered by the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival team. 

    It is funded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the North of Tyne Combined Authority and delivered in partnership with Carlisle City Council and Northumberland County Council. 

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