A chariot race, treasure hunt and creative costumes attracted more than 100 people to a weekend-long Roman festival in Maryport.

The three-day free festival was held by Ewanrigg Local Trust with the North of England Civic Trust, which owns Camp Farm.

Families gathered at Ewanrigg and Netherton Community Centre for a fun history lesson filled with competitions and games.

Kate Whitmarsh, trust development worker at the centre, said: "There was a strong sense of fun and silliness to the whole event which is how it should be.

"We wanted to make it fun and not just be a boring history lesson and the blue skies and sunshine certainly helped.

"These were the first steps of hopefully a long-term connection which we're hoping to follow up with trips to Camp Farm.

"Maryport is sometimes a misunderstood community and what we saw was friendships being created and people grafting to make the event happen."

Residents explored Ewanrigg and Netherton on Friday to find people dressed up as Roman soldiers, who fed them information and helped them to complete tasks.

They also hunted for gold coins hidden around the area which helped them solve puzzles.

On Saturday, families made wacky costumes and accessories for the Roman Games, which closed the event on Sunday with chariot racing and other competitions.

Rebecca Woods, 13, was declared emperor of Alauna, the name of the Roman settlement of Maryport, over the weekend.

Sharon Barnes, a member of Ewanrigg and Netherton Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: "Without a doubt it was a privilege to see families get together and have fun.

"It proved there's definitely a need for things like this."