Go into battle for castle fun

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Lessons in swordsmanship are on offer for youngsters at Bolsover Castle from Monday in a week of medieval-themed activities.

Kids can try on armour and fight in a mock battle at the Knight Academy event until next Friday, 10am to 4pm each day. Admission is £3.70 for children, £7.40 for adults and £18.50 for families.

Visitors to Peveril Castle meanwhile can take part in a Norman Knight’s Trail from Saturday, to find letters hidden around the ancient building.

Children can also enjoy oversized outdoor versions of traditional games at the hilltop fort in Castleton.

The activities are taking place until Sunday February 27 from 11am to 4pm.

Admission is £2.10 for children, £4.20 for adults, and £10.50 for families.