July’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

This is my July’s Curator’s Letter, and yet I could have sworn we missed June!  For those of you who are reading this from overseas (and I know there are quite a few of you) England has experienced the wettest June on record and although this has made the fields brilliantly green, our Summer wardrobes are calling, and we are all desperate for a bit of warm, dry weather.

Soon, on the 16th July, we shall be open six days a week excluding Mondays, except on Bank Holidays, and a little birdie called The Met Office is suggesting that Summer is finally on its way – hooray! Despite the rain we’ve had lots of visitors, private parties, schools, and historic talk audiences – who have smiled and enjoyed their day with us. So, our thanks to them for their continued loyalty.

July is our wedding season of course and we are looking forward to welcoming our special couples, who will go down in the Castle’s history, as we put a photo of them in our archives.

I am also delighted to announce that we shall be having Normanis on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July. This extraordinary group has one of the highest standards I have ever seen in re-enacting – and I have seen a lot – they are brilliant. It’s the attention to detail that counts with the encampment, clothing, and expert knowledge of the enactors themselves. You’ll be very pleased if you come and see them, as they engage well with public and encourage children to ask questions. As the Castle is a Norman castle, it’s therefore a perfect opportunity to find out about this extraordinary time in English history.

The historical talks for this month have already sold out, and as Sex and The Tudors always sells out with a waiting list, I have decided to put on one a month for the foreseeable future, to ensure my audiences carry on laughing.

In the Autumn, you will have an opportunity to see my new character, George Eliot, the writer of Middlemarch, amongst other fantastic works. So far, I have only appeared to literary societies, so if you would like to meet this extraordinary, radical woman, do please ring the Castle (01283 812 129) and put your name down.

Finally, our tickets for Fairytale bank holiday for August are now on sale and we do sell out, so we recommend you get your tickets ASAP.

Wishing you joy!

PS: Summer ghost hunts are also very popular, so if you would like to contact the Castle for further details please do.