May’s Letter from the Curator (2019)

Dear Friends,

April has flown and the countryside is bursting with pink and white blossom, so May is really with us.  After twenty years at the castle, I still catch my breath as the Spring comes to the meadows around the castle reaching out to the blue hills of Dovedale.

No wonder so many brides (and grooms) marry at the castle as it is a real castle in a beautiful setting.  Now we can take 120 guests for civil weddings instead of the previous 45 guests.

For the first May Bank Holiday (Sunday 5th May and Monday 6th May) we have PIRATES!  Pirates are so popular here as they are so funny, making our visitors laugh.  A great Treasure Hunt will form part of the fun each day as well as a fun fair and birds of prey.  We had rescue parrots once and they were perfect with the Pirates, except that one of the parrots had a colourful vocabulary which was hilarious but not exactly suitable for the company of children.  Falcons are better, we have decided!

The second May Bank Holiday (Sunday 26th May and Monday 27th May) is the SECOND WORLD WAR Festival at the castle with fully costumed displays from England, Canada, France and Germany.  Vehicles, stalls and music make for a wonderful visit.

Finally, we have a new Mary Queen of Scots exhibition which is the finest we have ever had at the castle and many enthusiasts are travelling from far distances to see it.  That is because it has new information about her period of captivity at the castle.  There is no extra charge to see the exhibition.

Happy days!

Best wishes from me and my team


Lesley’s forthcoming appearances –

Friday 4th May – Mary Queen of Scots in Peterborough Cathedral at 7.30 p.m.  Mary was originally buried there before being moved to Westminster Abbey where she still lies.

Saturday 5th May – Treasure for Treasure in Peterborough Cathedral.  Elizabeth 1st will be receiving unwanted jewellery and collectables which will be valued by Charles Hanson and his experts.  This will eventually be sold to raise funds for the Cathedral.