April’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

April is nearly upon us and the Vikings are arriving over the horizon.

Everything is ready for the new season, new paintwork, lots of flowers in the garden, and the grass has already been cut a couple of times. It is a pleasure to be here. The winter was a bit bleak but that is all forgotten now as we look forward to welcoming all our guests throughout the open season.

As from the end of April we will be providing entertainment every Sunday afternoon. Please keep checking our website to see who will be here. I could tell you in advance but I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

The bible teaches us about how Sunday should be spent and those who remember Sunday school know it should be a day of rest.
Sunday has changed a lot over the years. Sunday has become a day when a lot of us have to work. We probably all get a day off at some time but it is a bit like Tuesday is the new Sunday (or whichever day you may get off).

So what does Sunday afternoon mean to you?

For me there are lots of memories – a walk in the park, listening to the band playing in the band stand. Cucumber sandwiches and Battenberg cake with a steaming hot cup of tea. Bath before bedtime. Laying out your school uniform ready for Monday morning. Songs of Praise on the television. My how time has changed.

Come to Tutbury Castle and have a lazy day. Whether it is for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Our new menu offers a new range – still very simple but tasty nonetheless. We don’t have a large kitchen or restaurant but we do offer tasty food at a very reasonable price.

Our What’s On calendar is brimming over with events for the year –Vikings, Normans, 1940’s, Fairytale Weekend, Fireworks and Vikings, as well as all my costumed performances of Peggy Knight, Katherine Swynford, Queen Elizabeth 1st, Mary Queen of Scots, Sex and the Tudors (not for the faint hearted!). Also I am delighted to present my husband Dr Gareth Williams performance of Richard III on Thursday 26 July. Book your tickets early for any event to avoid disappointment.

I look forward to seeing you all.

Kind regards

Lesley Smith, Curator