Half-term events, Bolsover Castle
Polish that armour and dust off the tiara, it’s time for youngsters to learn the tools of the trade as they become a knight or princess for the day.
Courtly experts are waiting to teach youngsters heroic chivalry and eloquent etiquette.
Families can head back in time for activities on a medieval theme.
Lucy Hutchings, English Heritage event manager, says: “Half term events at Bolsover Castle are all about having a go and having fun. The events are run by colourful historic characters who bring history to life for children. You’d be a jabbering jester to miss it!”
The Knights and Princesses Academy takes place daily this week until Friday from 11am to 4pm.
An additional £1 will be charged on the standard admission for every child, member and non-member, to help fund this entertainment.
For more details, go to the website, www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsover, or call 01246 822844.
Last winter the castle underwent a £1.3 million project to return it to its 17th century heyday.
Visitors can now experience a flavour of the Cavalier splendour enjoyed by the first Duke of Newcastle William Cavendish and his contemporaries.
This includes a circular wall walk with a view of restored gardens.
A wooden play area has taken inspiration from Bolsover’s battlements, towers and turrets.
There’s also a room dedicated to play-acting in the nursery of the Little Castle. Adults and children can dress up in costumes and perform scenes written by famous playwright Ben Jonson for the visit of King Charles I in 1634 on a purpose-built stage.