Please Note: Due to a planned power cut the Castle will be closed all day on Tuesday 5th March. We apologise for any inconvenience but we are unable to operate without electricity and the power cut is to enable Northern Power Grid to carry out essential maintenance to avoid any unplanned power cuts in future.

We will reopen as normal at 10am on Wednesday 6th March.

Events

Tel:01969 623981
Email:info@boltoncastle.co.uk

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Tuesday 21st March (7.30pm – 10.30pm)
A NIGHT IN THE TAVERN

To celebrate the European Day of Early Music, join the Castle’s medieval minstrels for a night of magnificent medieval music, roaring fires, ales and hot pottage!
With Trouvere, Paul Martin and Minerva’s Tower
Tickets £10.00 (in advance only) from:
medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk
medievalmusicinthedales@gmail.com
or phone 07931357618.

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Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April (10.00am – 5.00pm)*
TUDOR FAMILY LIFE

Come and meet Lord Scrope’s Tudor household. Find out about their daily lives, and some of the great changes that affected them; join in with some of their activities and see how well you would have fared as a Tudor. Learn more about one of the most famous of the castle’s guests, Mary Queen of Scots, and how she spent her time during six months of captivity here.

To book contact info@boltoncastle.co.uk.

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Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June (10.00am – 5.00pm)*
MEDIEVAL HOUSEHOLD (Battle of Towton)

In 1461 a family feud over who had the right to be king, later to be known as The War of the Roses, had divided England. Lord Scrope, owner of Bolton Castle, supported Richard, Duke of York and later his son, Edward, against King Henry V1 of the House of Lancaster. He has joined Edward’s army somewhere near York, but has left behind a small garrison to guard the castle. Come and meet them, join in their work around the castle and find out how they conducted their daily lives.

To book contact info@boltoncastle.co.uk.

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Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July (10.00am-5.00pm)*
MEDIEVAL HOUSEHOLD

Come and meet Lord Scrope’s medieval household. Spend a day with them, join in their daily lives and some of the challenges they faced, as well as their pleasures and hopes. Dress up, see how they cooked, ate and managed their lives upstairs and downstairs. Bolton Castle was regarded as the heights of luxury when it was first built. Find out why!

To book contact info@boltoncastle.co.uk.

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Thursday 27th July at 7.00pm                                           

AS YOU LIKE IT
Shakespeare’s giddy comedy of love and mistaken identity performed by the hilarious cycling Handlebards.
An open-air performance. If wet in the Great Chamber.

The Handlebards are 4 young ladies who travel the country on their bikes with all they need to perform their imaginative and sparkling productions of Shakespeare. ‘Uproariously funny’ – Sir Ian McKellen
‘Gloriously eccentric and very, very funny’ – The Stage
‘My face ached from laughter’ – Sunderland Echo
Tickets: Adults £13.00; Concessions £12.00; Students & children £5.00; Family Ticket (2 adults + up to 4 children) £28.00
Those presenting a valid entry ticket to the Castle on the day of the performance receive a £4.00 reduction

Be a Handlebard! Come to the show on your bike and receive a complimentary drink on arrival.
Pre-book a picnic and collect it on arrival. Details online soon.

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s happiest and maddest comedies, and contains one of his best loved speeches (“All the world’s a stage…”). The characters – Rosalind, Celia, Orlando, Touchstone the Fool and Jacques among them, all become lost in The Forest of Arden, and complete confusion follows. After many, many misunderstanding and hilarious adventures a happy ending is finally achieved!

Click here for more information.

Click here for tickets.

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Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August (10.00am-5.00pm)*
SPANISH ARMADA WEEKEND
The year is 1588. The Spanish Armada has been sighted in the channel, and an English fleet has sailed to meet them. The Castle garrison is on full alert, although there is no news of how the battle is going. Have the invaders been defeated? Is a Spanish army already on its way to take the castle?

Come and join in the training of the soldiers: practise a spear drill and learn how to fire the cannon!

To book contact info@boltoncastle.co.uk.

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Bank Holiday Monday August 28th at 7.00pm
MUSIC FOR TWO QUEENS
Music for Mary Queen of Scots & Queen Elizabeth 2nd
with The Gesualdo 6

Mary Queen of Scots spent 6 months in captivity at Bolton Castle. This concert by the brilliant young ensemble described as ‘The King’s Singers 50 years on’ links music that the devoutly religious Mary would have loved with HM The Queen’s more popular musical tastes.
After music by composers such as William Byrd, Carlo Gesualdo, Thomas Campion, Thomas Tallis and Clement Jannequin come George Gershwin, Cole Porter, barber-shop and composers active during The Queen’s long life.
Fascinating contrasts, thrilling singing in the Castle’s unique spaces – the perfect way to finish your Bank Holiday!

The Gesualdo 6 are a group to watch. Catch them now, before Director Owain Park takes them into the musical stratosphere.

‘At times you felt like there were a hundred voices; at others, only one.’
‘An ensemble with extraordinary potential.’

Tickets: Adults £14.00 Concessions £12.00 Students & children £6.00;
Family Ticket (2 adults + up to 4 children) £30.00

Those presenting a valid entry ticket to the Castle on the day of the performance receive a £4.00 reduction

Click here for more information.

Click here for tickets.

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Friday September 7th to Sunday 10th (10.00am – 5.00pm)
MEDIEVAL MUSIC IN THE DALES
England’s Festival of Medieval Music

Spain comes to Yorkshire for this year’s festival, with leading performers from Spain and Catalonia.
– Concerts.
– Workshops on Music, Dance and Instrument Making & Maintenance.
– Instrument makers from the UK, France and Spain.
– Medieval Market and Feast

Click here for full details and tickets:
or ring 07931 357 618.

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Monday September 18th at 7.00pm
ANNE BOLEYN: A KING’S OBSESSION
An Evening with Alison Weir

Best-selling historian and novelist Alison Weir talks about the subject of her latest novel – the dark and powerful tale of Henry VIII’s second wife, a woman ahead of her time, who dared to question traditional concepts of femininity, and whose ambition drove her to gamble with the fickle nature of a dangerous husband.

She weaves new research and theories into this endlessly fascinating tale of a kingdom plunged into turmoil, and a young woman in search of a crown.
Copies of Alison Weir’s books will be available on sale, and she will sign copies and answer questions after the talk, which takes place in the Castle’s Great Chamber.

Tickets £9.50; Students and children £5.00. (Note: this price includes a ticket to the following day’s talk at 10.15am. Please retain your evening ticket. This does not include coffee).

Click here to buy tickets.

Why not try the full 5-day “Making History” course instead? Read more here.

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Tuesday September 19th at 10.15am
MAKING HISTORY
Coffee and ideas with Alison Weir

Alison Weir is both a historian and a historical novelist. This morning, as part of our Writing History course, she will talk about the differences between the two, a novelist’s responsibility towards the facts of history, the degree of invention that is allowable, and share advice she has been given by experienced editors over the years.
Non course members are very welcome.

Tickets £7.00 including coffee; Students and schoolchildren £1.00. (Note: tickets are free to those buying tickets for the previous evening’s talk by Alison Weir).

Click here to buy tickets.

Why not try the full 5-day “Making History” course Read more here.

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Thursday September 28th at 7.00pm
HARVEST HOME – FLOWER ARRANGING FOR THE AUTUMN
A live demonstration by NAFAS acclaimed Nick Grounds

Nick Grounds’ skills as a nationally accredited flower-arranging demonstrator and raconteur are in constant demand, with over 100 demos a year. H.M. The Queen has been photographed in front of one of his arrangements. Find out how it’s done.

‘What an amazing demonstration! Even the gentlemen said how much they enjoyed themselves.’ The Garden Museum.
‘You really were the icing on our anniversary cake!’ Stamford Flower Club

Tickets £11.00 (Note: Demo ticket is included in the price of the course with Nick Grounds on Friday 29th September. Please see Courses page for course details and booking).

Click here to buy tickets.

Why not try the full day course instead? Read more here.

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Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October (10.00am-5.00pm)*
MEDIEVAL HOUSEHOLD
In 1461 a family feud over who had the right to be king, later to be known as The War of the Roses, had divided England. Lord Scrope, owner of Bolton Castle, supported Richard, Duke of York and later his son, Edward, against King Henry V1 of the House of Lancaster. He has joined Edward’s army somewhere near York, but has left behind a small garrison to guard the castle. Come and meet them, join in their work around the castle and find out how they conducted their daily lives.

*Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children’s Costume hire included in Admission

To book contact info@boltoncastle.co.uk.

 

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