April’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends The open season is finally here! We open our doors to the public for the first time in 2019 on Saturday 13th April. We will be open every day until Thursday 18th April (including the Monday!). We will be closed for Good Friday (19th April) and Saturday 20th April, as we prepare for our Vikings Event. The low … Read More

March’s Letter From the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends Spring is finally here! The winter has been a warmer one and now have some more gloriously sunny months ahead of us! March signifies the start of Spring in the modern calendar, but the month of March signified the first month of a new year in the earliest Roman calendar. It is easy to see why- it is … Read More

February’s Letter From the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends, As winter draws on, I am appreciating the glowing fire in the Great Hall more and more! It not only provides some very gratefully received warmth but gives the room a cosy and inviting atmosphere. It is easy to imagine past inhabitants of the castle huddling close to the heat emanating from the grand fire place. By February, … Read More

January’s Letter From the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends Well 2019, here you are! The start of a new year prompts many to consider what they want to change or improve on in their lives. It is seen as a chance for a ‘rebirth’ or renewal. It is therefore apt that the first month of each year is named ‘January’ after the Roman god, ‘Janus’. I used … Read More

December’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

Dear Friends As we enter the final month of 2018, I sit here with a warming cup of mulled wine and reflect. Whilst it is calm and peaceful now, I fondly remember how the castle bustled with life throughout the year! We have welcomed thousands of visitors. Thousands of children have enjoyed meeting the Knight in Armour, Medieval Musicians and … Read More

November’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

Dear Friends Apologies that this letter is late- I promise that December will be on time! As I gazed at the timber being carried up the motte in preparation for lighting the beacon, I found myself in a reflective mood. We have just hosted our Fireworks show- an extremely popular event that we host each year. We open our gates … Read More

October’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

Dear Friends Happy Halloween! Sorry that this letter is later than usual- it’s very busy here at the castle! The leaves are falling from the trees and the castle grounds are feeling very autumnal! Whilst I am missing the company of visitors since we closed for winter, I am nevertheless filled with excitement at the month ahead! October is of … Read More

September’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

Dear Friends I’m sat here with a cup of tea, recovering from the excitement that was our Fairytale Bank Holiday Weekend 2018! The whole of the castle team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the weekend was magical, and indeed, it was! It warmed my heart to see our visitors making wonderful family memories- meeting their favourite princesses, having a … Read More

August’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

Dear Friends August is upon us! This is the month when fairy dust is sprinkled on the castle and the grounds come alive with princesses and pirates! Our Fairytale Weekend will be held on Saturday 25th-Monday 27th. This event is held each year at the castle and has never failed to deliver an enchanting and entertaining day out for all … Read More

July’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

Dear Friends Well, haven’t we been blessed with such beautiful weather! The sun has come out just in time for the start of our high season. This is the time when the castle truly comes alive. I revel in the knowledge that the castle is open every day of the week, except for Mondays, as this gives many people the … Read More