November’s Letter from The Curator (2021)

Dear Friends,

We have had the most marvellous Bonfire night celebrations with everyone so excited to be with us and enjoy the Vikings roaring and carrying on before our breath-taking fireworks.  We had sold out weeks prior to the event, and still some people wanted to see what the weather was doing and buy tickets at the last minute, so they were disappointed which is a shame but we do have legal limits to numbers.  

We have a really extensive list of events for Christmas coming up including a medieval banquet which will be great fun especially if guests come in costume, but that is not essential to have a brilliant time.  Great platters of roast meats and cheeses, with nuts and mouth-watering puddings all washed down with jugs of wine and a welcoming shot of honey mead. Sounds like a great night at a time when we really value being together. As I write this letter someone across the desk is booking a juggler and court jester. All this is on 19th December and tickets are available online from us. Be prepared to laugh – a lot!

Anne Boleyn has sold out – again we are very careful with numbers so you can feel really comfortable. However, we have another date for Anne Boleyn booked in January 8th ( I do keep losing my head) and two Burns nights (twice the fun) and lots of other events for early Spring as when Christmas is over, it can be a bit miserable, so look forward to coming to us and a roaring fire to welcome you.

On the 11th and 12th December, we have Elsa and Anna from “Frozen” coming to the castle for breakfast or afternoon tea and so children can spend time playing with their favourite Disney characters. The menus are particularly well thought through, and I can’t wait to see what “snow pancakes ” are !

Lots of Christmas festive afternoon teas are available with the fire lit in the beautifully decorated Great Hall. Time to soak up the joy.

So do get cuddled up on the sofa and feel the warmth of the festive season creep over you. We are looking forward to welcoming you.

See you soon, and if you are from far shores we send you greetings from this castle in the heart of England.

Best wishes,

Lesley Smith