Monday, 8 May 2017

The Cavalry of Heroes joust for glory!

Another cracking long weekend at Berkeley Castle to kick-start our summer season.  The highly popular King Henry VIII strode around the grounds, addressing visitors and issuing orders to his Court. He was joined by his beautiful Queen Anne Boleyn and a flurry of ladies-in-waiting, attending to her every need. The children were in awe of these majestic and regal characters, dressed in their historic costumes, and were awarded medals by the Queen herself (much to their delight!).

At two intervals during the day, the crowds were thrilled and entertained by the Cavalry of Heroes and their magnificent horses. Sir William of Berkeley and the Dark Knight wowed us all with a jousting “warm up”, showing off their accuracy skills. This was followed by a real Joust with Sir William securing a firm victory, much to the dismay of the Dark Knight. He was a terribly sore loser and he sprung an attack on our favourite Knight which finished with a sword fight and fisticuffs! Finally the Dark Knight was thrown into the stocks, and an ecstatic child threw wet sponges at him. The atmosphere was one of pure delight with plenty of laughs and participation from the crowd. They even had a nod of approval from the great King Henry VIII who watched on from the Gun Terrace.

If you would like to meet King Henry VIII and his Court, they will be returning to the Castle during the May Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday 28th & Monday 29th May). They will be joined by two gallant knights from Dressed to Kill, who will be teaching at Knight School where you and your child can learn sword fighting skills and much more!  Don’t miss the Warrior Show each day at 3.30pm on our Lower Lawns.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Dragons at the Castle

Dragons made their home at Berkeley Castle at the beginning of April for a weekend of fun and fantasy in the sunshine.  Two baby dragons, hatched from their eggs at a small dragon sanctuary in the Welsh Moors, were carried around by the wonderful Lizzie and Kevin. The children were able to pet the cute little reptiles, with Freya (the beautiful ice dragon) particularly enjoying a tickle under her chin. The children were spell-bound by these charming little dragons, and it was a great way to prepare them for the larger dragons they would be meeting later in the day.


After a fantastic dragon hunt around the beautiful grounds of the Castle, there was a colourful dragon display in the Inner Courtyard and Gun Terrace. “Sid” and “Madame Foo” glided amongst the crowds, posing for photos and chasing naughty children!


With the sun shining, the highlight of the day was the brilliant Dragon Procession. With the help of some willing, and very excitable volunteers from the crowd, this magnificent golden and red dragon, marched around the Castle followed by dozens of children waving flags.  It truly was a magical sight, with the stunning Castle as the perfect back drop.


Many thanks to Alchemy Dragons for such a splendid weekend of family fun, and watch this space...they may be back next Easter for more mythical entertainment!




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