October’s Letter From The Curator (2021)

Dear Friends, Such a warm September and now flames of colour are licking through the trees below the castle and in-between the wet and windy clouds I can definitely see patches of bright blue sky. We have just closed for the season for general entry, but the Castle remains open throughout the winter for pre-booked events. We shall be organising … Read More

September’s Letter From The Curator (2021)

Dear Friends, That was some August, a month to remember in so many ways. All our events for the month have been really well attended, most particularly the concert with Silcone Taxis and the other bands, and the Fairytale bank holiday event which is always spectacular. There was a nine foot fairy on stilts with huge pink wings, lots of … Read More

August’s Letter from the Curator (2021)

Dear Friends (and I include in that all our friends from far shores who read this letter), We have had a really happy few weeks at the Castle seeing people rushing in happily to enjoy the extraordinarily beautiful views and bask in the sunshine. The castle is bouncing again, as it should at the sound of children laughing and playing … Read More

June’s Letter from the Curator (2021)

Dear Friends, Such a joy to be open, even if the weather has been somewhat challenging. It has been hard to know whether to wear flippers, a vest or perhaps a swimming costume as the elements ripped around the castle, giving us plenty to think about. Our visitors still came and we all loved seeing each other again. It has … Read More

April’s Letter from the Curator (2021)

Dear Friends, April – Hoorah! Not any old April but one that brings the news that we open here at the castle on April 12th. After all this time, we can be together again – cautiously, but definitely together. There is much cheering here in our fortress, with a sense of joy and much planting and re-decorating, and everyone happy … Read More

March’s Letter from the Curator (2021)

Dear Friends, March 2021, and I feel like I have been dreaming and lost a whole year! I keep talking about last year when I mean the year before! I have patient staff – thank goodness… The new porch has been unveiled. It is the old one, rebuilt, and it looks stunning. Craftsmen who specialise in repairing listed buildings are … Read More

February’s Letter from the Curator (2021)

Dear Friends, So, February is upon us and the snowdrops don’t know about the crisis that mankind has endured. They are springing bravely through the snow and wet earth reminding us all that nature carries on. Here at Tutbury Castle we are continuing to completely clear and re-establish the boxed gardens with new plants using Tudor principles. When I first … Read More

January’s Letter from the Curator (2021)

Dear Friends, HAPPY AND HOPEFUL NEW YEAR! It has been such a long time since I last wrote a Curator’s Letter, and it is with a sense of hope I write this one. May I firstly say how incredibly grateful I am for the huge numbers that respond to postings on Facebook, write emails and even send cards. Thank you … Read More

March’s Letter from the Curator (2020)

Dear Friends, This is the month for mad March winds and mad March hares, both of which we have at the castle although a gorgeous red hare has only been seen at the castle a couple of times, he is still talked about with wonder. Meanwhile great gusts of wind are blowing away the winter cold as we prepare for … Read More

February’s Letter from the Curator (2020)

Dear Friends, February – it can be a bit bleak and cold but at the heart of the month is St. Valentine’s Day and I know lots of couples, some of whom have been married for decades, still send romantic cards and flowers. It is a charming tradition and not all about the card making industry but also about a … Read More