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.


Tel: 01969 623981

Events 2015

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February (10-4)*
Lord Scrope’s Tudor Household

Step back in time and experience life at Bolton Castle during its Tudor heyday. With Tudor cookery, weapon drills, herbal medicine, Tudor crafts and games and much more.

Monday 16th Friday 20th February (10-4)*
Super Stuarts

Find out what Mary Queen of Scots and the rest of the Royal Stuart family did for fun and have a go at themed crafts and activities.

Saturday14th March (7.30pm onwards)
St Patrick’s Day Party

Join us to Celebrate Paddy’s Day in style with Irish folk music, themed menu and plenty of Guinness.
Our Irish themed menu will include Irish Stew with Soda Bread followed by Apple Cake and Custard. Our bar will be well stocked with Irish ales ciders and Guinness.
Tickets: £20 per person (includes two course Irish themed meal)
Booking Essential: Call 01969 623981

Sunday 15th March (From 2.30)
Mothers’ Day Special Afternoon Tea

Treat your mother to a Special Afternoon tea in our wonderful tea room. Includes a pot of any speciality tea or glass of prosecco, a sandwich selection, homemade warm sausage roll,
freshly made sultana scone with homemade garden preserve and clotted cream and a selection of miniature cakes. £12.50 per person. Booking advised (01969 623981)

Monday 30th March – Friday 10th April (10-5)*
Eggcellent Easter!

Enjoy Easter at Bolton Castle with eggciting Easter Egg hunts, eggstravagant egg decorating, eggstroadinary bonnet making and much more!

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May(10-5)*
Lord Scrope’s Medieval Household

Find out what life was really like during the Castle’s Medieval heyday by meeting some colourful characters from the Castle’s Medieval household and having a go at a range of activities including weapon drills, calligraphy, cookery, herbal medicine and traditional crafts and games.

Monday 25th to Friday 29th May(10-5)*
Witchcraft and Wizardry

Learn about Medieval views on witchcraft and what happened to suspected witches. Make a wand, love potion and witch or wizard hat!

We regret that due to very low ticket sales we have had to cancel this event.
Friday 12th June (From 7.30pm)
Magna Melodia – music from the time of the Magna Carta

Legends clustered around England’s Angevin kings – it was thought they had devil’s blood in them… But this ’devil’s brood’ also presided over a magnificent musical scene. Medieval minstrels Trouvère take you back 800 years to experience the musical backdrop to the tumultuous events of 1215 when the English barons forced the Magna Carta on King John.
Tickets: Adults £10, Conc £8. Booking Advised (01969 623981)

Sunday 21st June (From Midday)
Fathers Day Sunday Lunch

Treat Dad to a special roast sunday lunch with a bottle of beer of choice for Dad or a glass of wine/soft drink. Meal includes roast sirloin of beef or roast loin of pork , roast potatoes, yorkies and all the trimmings with red wine gravy. £12.50 per person. Booking Advised (01969 623981)

Green Woodworking Demonstration
The Wood Workshop
Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre, Catterick Garrison
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2015

To celebrate Armed Forces Weekend, when the public can show support for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces, visitors will have the chance to watch experienced woodworker and Help for Heroes volunteer, Chris Morgan demonstrating basic greenwood working processes using a pole lathe to produce a set of stool/chair legs. This will include using a shave horse and traditional tools. Chris runs the Veterans Workshop at the Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre as part of a recovery programme for Servicemen and women. This will be a hands-on demonstration and visitors aged 8 or over will be able to have a go. There will also be wood craft items on display and for sale.

On Sunday 28th June he will be joined by Chris Helliwell, who will demonstrate the process of preparing logs to turn bowls and again he will offer visitors the chance to have a go.

Monday 20th to Friday 24th July and Monday 27th to Friday 31st July (10-5)*
Dungeons and Dragons

The Dragons have escaped from the Castle dungeons! Dare you enter the Castle to find all of the Dragons and save the Queen? With dragon mask and kite making activities and dragon trails.

Friday 31st July (7pm start, gates open from 6pm)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“4 actors, 4 bicycles and a 1500 mile adventure.” Touring the UK, carrying all their set, props and costumes by bicycle, the HandleBards present their all-male production of Shakespeare’s woodland extravaganza – all 21 characters of it. Bring a picnic and join us in the great outdoors for a fast-paced farce. Described by Sir Ian McKellen as “outrageous” and “uproariously funny”, this is Shakespeare performed with eight very sore legs. ***** ‘An unmissable show’ – Broadway Baby (Macbeth, 2014) **** ‘It’s back to basics storytelling in the BEST way’ – WhatsOnStage (The Comedy Of Errors, 2014) Follow the boys on Facebook and Twitter: @HandleBards.
Tickets: Adults £12 Children/Concessiosn £10.00. Booking advised, please call 01969 623981. (Bring seating and wrap up warmly.)

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July (10-5)*

Travel back in time over 600 years and discover all about Castle life in the early 1300s. With cookery demonstrations, displays of armour, squire training and archery.

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August and Monday 10th to Friday 14th August (10-5)*
Knights and Ladies

Step back in time at Bolton Castle and become a knight or a lady for a day by designing your own coat of arms, making a helmet or headdress and testing your skills on our Knights and Ladies activity trail.

Saturday 15th August (From 7.30pm)
Glorious Game Night

Enjoy a sumptuous Game Feast in the atmospheric Castle Guest Hall
Tickets £35 per person (including five course meal) Booking Essential 01969 623981

Monday 17th to Friday 21st August and Monday 24th to Friday 28th August (10-5)*
Peasants and Princes

Discover the differences between the poorest peasants and the poshest princes and learn all about what life was like in Medieval times. With art and craft activities, trails and more.

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August (10-5)*
Spanish Armada Weekend

As the Armada approached the Kent coast beacons were lit up and down the land warning of the impending invasion. Throughout the country militias’, such as those of Sir Henry, 9th Lord Scrope, prepared to defend the land. Meet characters from the castles household and garrison as they get ready for battle! Discover more about 16th century cookery, herbal medicine and weaponry. Put on your armour to take part in a Spear drill or learn how to fire the cannon!

Friday 4th September (from 7.30pm)
Medieval Banquet

Step back in time and experience an authentic Medieval banquet at Bolton Castle. Enjoy a medieval feast including vegetable pottage, hog roast and fruit posset with old English shortbread set in the atmospheric setting of the Great Chamber where guests have been entertained for over 600 years.
A medieval feast was never just about food! It’s a spectacle and an entertainment as well… With fanfares, comic tales and – most importantly – magnificent music, Trouvere Medieval Minstrels will transport you back to the middle ages for a night of medieval delights.
Tickets: £30.00 Booking Essential (01969 623981)

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September (10-5)*
Savile Household
Join Sir John Savile’s Household for an experience of everyday life in the fifteenth century and learn what it was like to be part of noble Household during the Wars of the Roses. Visit the kitchen where our cooks will prepare food to authentic historical recipes and the armoury where visitors will have the opportunity to handle replica weapons and armour from the battlefields of the period. For those of a more genteel disposition, relax and enjoy participating in medieval dances or learning about the clothing and fashion of the fifteenth century in unique medieval surroundings. Educational and entertaining for all members of the family – Sir John Savile’s Household welcomes you to step back in time at Bolton Castle.

Saturday 17th to Sunday 18thOctober (10-4)*
Agincourt Weekend

Find out all about Lord Scropes’ involvement in the Battle of Agincourt and learn about battle tactics and warfare. With archery competitions, displays of arms, battle re-enactments and much more.

Friday 30th October (from 6pm)
Fright Night

Are you feeling brave? Dress in your scariest outfit and join us for an harrowing ghost tour of Bolton Castle revealing stories of the spooky sightings within the castle walls which will send shivers down your spine! With live musical entertainment from Josh Westwood and band.
Tickets £15 per person to include tour and entertainment. Hog roast and spooky refreshments available to purchase. Booking essential (01969 623981)

Monday 26th to Friday 30th October(10-4)*
Spooky Spectacular!

Dare you enter the Spooky Castle and meet the ghosts and ghouls within? With spooky activities, trails and games for children of all ages to enjoy!

*Normal Admission Charges Apply

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