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

Bolton Castle Events 2014

Monday 7th April – Monday 21st April (10-5)
Eggcellent Easter!

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

Tuesday 8th – Wed 9th April (12-4pm)
Medieval Minstrelsy with Trouvere

Discover the sweet sounds of medieval music-making as Trouvere visit the castle.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May (10-5pm)
Medieval Music and Dance
Trouvere Medieval Minstrels present their amazing Musical Instrumentarium! Discover the wonderful variety of instruments and sounds from the Middle Ages and enjoy the varied arts of the medieval minstrel. Try your hand at a bagpipe, a harp, and many other instruments. Step out in a medieval dance and enjoy storytelling with music.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Monday 26th to Friday 30th May(10-5)
Wars of the Roses

The Lords’ of Bolton took part in many important battles during this fight for the English throne. Learn whether they fought for the White Rose of York or the Red Rose of Lancaster and choose a side yourself. With helmet, rose, crown and flag making and educational children’s trails.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June (10-5)
Medieval Life Weekend

Find out what life was really like in Medieval times by meeting some colourful characters from the Castle’s Medieval household and having a go at a range of activities including weapon drills, calligraphy and traditional crafts.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Saturday 14th June (12-4)
Champions Tourney

Fighting was a vast part of a medieval knights’ life, but injuries on the practice and tourney field were something that most wished to avoid so a form of tourney using wooden wasters – wooden swords – was created in order that every knight could increase in skill and live to fight another day.
The Society of Creative Anarchronism performs this style of combat, with wrapped wooden swords and full contact fighting up until this very day. Experience the knights battling to become the Queen’s Champion.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

28th June – 11th July 2014
Kids T-Shirt Design Exhibition

We are delighted to host the Help for Heroes Kids T-Shirt Design Exhibition over Armed Forces weekend (28-29 June) and the following two weeks to celebrate and honour the Armed Forces community. 60 children aged 9 to 11 from Le Cateau Primary School are exhibiting their designs, one of which has been chosen for the 2014 Phoenix House Recovery Centre T-shirt to be worn by injured Service Personnel and Veterans at Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre, Catterick Garrison. Proceeds from entry fees to the Castle on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June will go to Phoenix House Recovery Centre.

Come along and see the children’s designs and find out more about how Help for Heroes is helping wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel, Veterans and their families from their new Recovery Centre. For more information on Help for Heroes visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk and for more information on the Kids T-Shirt Design Exhibition contact Andrea Marston at andrea.marston@helpforheroes.org.uk or call Phoenix House on 01748 834148.

Sunday 15th June
Fathers Day Sunday Lunch

Special Roast Sunday Lunch with Bottle Beer of choice for Dad glass of wine/soft drink.
Roast Sirloin Beef or Roast Loin of Pork
Roast Potatoes ,Yorkies and all the trimmings, Vegetables and Red Wine Gravy
£12.50 per person
Booking Advised (01969 623981)

Tuesday 1st July
The Comedy of Errors

The HandleBards – the madcap, 4-strong, all-male troupe of players – will be returning to Bolton Castle for their second year, to perform The Comedy of Errors! Carrying all the set, props and costumes on just their 4 bikes, they will be rocking up with their innovative style in Shakespeare’s anarchic farce of mistaken identity and far too many twins. Don’t miss out! Find out more about the tour at www.peculius.com, and follow the team on Facebook and Twitter (@peculius)
Tickets available on 01969 623981. Adults £12 Children £10. Booking Advised. Bring own seating. Blankets not advised.
Refreshments will be available to purchase before the performance and during the interval. Pre-theatre meals available from 5.30pm. Please book on 01969 623981.

Friday 4h July (From 7.30pm)
Tour de Farce

Calling all Super Sleuths! Murder Mystery in the company of The Chuffing Theatre Company.
Tickets £25
Booking Essential (01969 623981)
It would be a crime to miss out on this most entertaining event.

Thursday 17th July (Gates Open 6.30pm, performance from 7.30pm)
Blame it on the Bartle!

North Country Theatre & the People of Swaledale, Wensleydale & Gudbrandsdalen present the 2014 Richmondshire Community Play Blame it on Bartle!
A tale of trolls trials and tribulations and Wensleydale’s own version of the Wicker-Man. With over 40 actors and musicians from all over the upper dales and produced by the acclaimed North Country Theatre in collaboration with Peer Gynnt Theatre Vinstra (Norway) and performed in 4 spectacular venues this promises to be a summer treat.
Set in the lead mining communities of Swaledale and Wensleydale in the early 18th Century this new play draws on the old dialect poem Reeth Bartle Fair and the extraordinary West Witton folk tradition The Burning of Bartle. With a giant puppet, folk dancing (Norwegian and English) madcap chases (“On Penhill Crags he tore his rags”) and an anti-hero caught up in a blame game that turns nasty, there’s plenty of action and entertainment.
Tickets: Adults £12, Under 18s £8. Available from North Country Theatre on: 01748 825288 or office@northcountrytheatre.com and from Bolton Castle gift shop. Bring own seating or rugs.

Monday 21st to Friday 25th July and Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August
Birds, Boar and Bees!

Witness amazing falconry displays , the fun of wild boar feeding time and the activity of our bee hives then have a go at our bird, boar and bee kite and mask making, activities, games and trails!
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July (10-5)
Tournee
Travel back in time over 600 years and discover all about military life in the early 1300s. With displays of arms, archery competitions and ‘arming a knight’ demonstrations you will learn all about medieval weaponry and armour before experiencing the excitement and drama of a full foot tournament.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Monday 4th August to Friday 8th August and Monday 11th August to Fri 15th August
A Captive Queen!

Mary Queen of Scots was held at Bolton Castle for six months but was she a prisoner or a Royal Guest?
Discover what Mary’s life at Bolton was really like. With jewellery making, costume collages, flag making and more.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Monday 18 to Friday 22nd August and Monday 25th to Friday 29th August
A Spanish Invasion

As the Spanish Armada approached the English coast everyone in the country prepared for attack.
Learn more about the Spanish Armada and why the invasion failed. Make a Spanish galleon or an English Flag Ship. Learn how to defend a Castle and make your own helmet.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August (10am-5pm)
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!
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Saturday 13th September (12-4pm)
Tourney

Fighting was a vast part of a medieval knights’ life, but injuries on the practice and tourney field were something that most wished to avoid so a form of tourney using wooden wasters – wooden swords – was created in order that every knight could increase in skill and live to fight another day.
The Society of Creative Anarchronism performs this style of combat, with wrapped wooden swords and full contact fighting up until this very day.

Friday 26th 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: £25.00
Booking Essential (01969 623981)


Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th September (12-4pm)
Medieval Minstrelsy with Trouvere
Discover the sweet sounds of medieval music-making as Trouvere visit the castle.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

17th October (7.30pm)
Dracula’s Ghost

The Best Cellar Theatre Company present Dracula’s Ghost. Set after the events of the original novel, it features Mina Harker, whose body is possessed by the spirit of the vampire, Dracula. He seeks vengeance against his old adversaries, via the heroine from the Stoker tale. Can Van Helsing conquer his old nemesis, or will the arch vampire have his final revenge?
Enjoy a pre theatre meal of Creepy Canapes, Vampire Blood Stew and Bat Dumplings and Eye of Newt Crumble and Cream for £16.95 per person. Booking Advised 01969 623981.
Tickets Prices Adults: £10 Children: £8
Booking Advised (01969 623981)

Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th October
Medieval Life Weekend

Find out what life was really like in Medieval times by meeting some colourful characters from the Castle’s Medieval household and having a go at a range of activities including weapon drills, calligraphy and traditional crafts.
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Saturday 25th October (Departs 6.30pm from Bedale)
Wensleydale Railway in partnership with Bolton Castle present a
Medieval Murder Mystery with The Chuffing Theatre Company.

Calling all super sleuths for an evening of murder and mayhem. Board the train at Bedale to start your murder mystery tour. Take a coach transfer to Bolton Castle where the plot continues to unravel!
Buffet supper served amid the magnificence of The Great Hall. Licensed bar.
Return home by coach and train.
Tickets £35
Booking Essential Tickets Available from Wensleydale Railway on 08454 50 54 74
It would be a crime to miss out on this most entertaining event!)

Thursday 30th October (from 6pm)
Ghost Tour and Spooky Supper

Are you feeling brave? Join us for a harrowing ghost tour of Bolton Castle revealing stories of the spooky sightings within the castle walls which will send shivers down your spine! Our spooky supper will include Creepy Chicken Curry/Cob Web Vegetable Curry served with Spider Nan Bread and Blood Rice followed by Dark and Gooey Treacle Tart.
Tickets £20 per person (includes 2 course meal and tour)
Booking essential (01969 623981)

Friday 31st October (From 7.30pm)
Halloween Party

Enter the haunted castle and join the ghouls within for a spookily spectacular Halloween party. Dance along to some scarily spooky classics and enjoy Spooky themed food and drink available to purchase on the night.
Tickets £10.00 per person
Booking Advised (01969 623981)

Monday 27th to Friday 31st October
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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