August’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends,

As the last bank holiday before the schools’ return is now upon us, and there is a great sense of making the most of a family day out, the castle is preparing for the arrival of princesses and pirates. Here at Tutbury Castle the August bank holiday has celebrated the great fairy tales of childhood for many years now, bringing happy crowds eager to share the fun. All generations love to come and a large number of our visitors have been coming to us for years. Even the once children now bring their own to be part of this extraordinary day of sweetness.

Princesses and specialist actors in brilliant costumes bring storybook illustrations to life and we want all families to be able to afford to come, so under 5’s get free entry, with concessions for seniors and under 12’s. We have some new attractions this year standing beside our annual favourites such as the children’s fun fair.  Buy tickets in advance to be sure of entry as we frequently sell out and there are usually restrictions on this two-day event.  There is limited parking at the castle with some space for disabled visitors, so do advise by email if you hold a blue badge for disabled drivers.

On August 31st  StrEATfood Social are organising a food and drink event in the grounds, with live music. This is a family-friendly event, and will be open from 12 to 8pm. The Castle gates will be open from 11 am at a special price of £4, and the Great Hall and Castle tea room will remain open throughout the event, with our enthusiastic history guides on hand.

The gardens are beautiful and brides are arriving in clouds of white and flowers to fill all hearts who see them. Couples who marry in the castle go into our castle archives for the next thousand years so there is a great sense of belonging for couples who chose to marry, have hand-fastings or just receptions so that they can feel part of this beautiful scheduled monument in the heart of England. There is a Wedding Fair here at the Castle on 8th September with free entry and some high quality traders to explore.

Do look on our website to see what other events we have on including historical speakers and those ever so popular clotted cream teas!  You could just come for a quiet picnic on a weekday and let the English countryside and spectacular views remind you how beautiful this country is.

Best wishes Lesley