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Bolton Castle

May 2021

Medieval Living History Day

May 1, 2021

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. Thomas, 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 gardens and find out how they conducted their daily lives.

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June 2021

17th Century/English Civil Wars Living History Re-Enactors Weekend

June 19, 2021 - June 20, 2021

In August, 1642, King Charles first raised his standard outside Nottingham, calling on all his loyal subjects to join him in his fight against parliament.  The conflict was to last, in one form or another, for the next 18 years.  Generally known as the English Civil Wars, but more accurately the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, it divided the country, pitting father against son, brother against brother, family against family.

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An Audience with Mary, Queen of Scots

June 24, 2021 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

The execution of Mary Queen of the Scots on the 8 February 1587 shocked Europe to the core and gave rise to an often maligned Queen but an instantly recognisable figure, adored by many to this day. Jane Collier of the Marie Stuart Society and re-enactor with Discover Buxton, will give you an intimate view of this gifted, charming, fun loving and intensely loyal Queen, her stay at Bolton Castle still a time of hope for her, and her descent into despair during her 19 years of illegal imprisonment before the inevitable tragic end.

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Captain Saville’s Re-Enactment Weekend

June 26, 2021 - June 27, 2021

This wonderful re-enactment weekend offers visitors a chance to see a fully equipped camp complete with medieval tens and a camp kitchen. Re-enactors carry out the everyday tasks of medieval life such as chopping wood, fetching water, food preparation and, within the castle itself, displays of spinning silk as well as cooking, the medieval way. The weekend is a real slice of medieval life, with a court hearing and role play re-enactment, inspection of archers, a ‘Mummers’ play (a traditional folk play).

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July 2021

Paranormal Evening with Dusk Til Dawn Events

July 24, 2021 @ 6:45 pm

Take the plunge and immerse yourself in the ghostly goings on at Bolton Castle.  This castle comes with a turbulent past, including two unsuccessful exorcisms, which were carried out in Mary, Queen of Scots’ bedchamber.  Discover our resident ghosts in our dark dungeons, a myriad of rooms linked by creepy corridors and stairwells.  Enjoy full use of our ghost hunting equipment, table tipping experiments, Ouija board experiments, séance and vigils in the most active areas of the castle.  Join us…

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August 2021

Handlebards Outdoor Theatre Production of Macbeth

August 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pedalling from venue to venue with all of their set, props and costumes on the back of their bikes, the HandleBards are a four-strong troupe of actors who are spending the summer bringing environmentally sustainable Shakespeare to venues across the UK.  Join the all-female troupe at Bolton Castle for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare's classic. Forget the tears and tragedy - this is a frantic, delirious, full-of-beans show like you've never seen before. This is an outdoor production, so please bring a chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

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Quantum Events present: Peter Rabbit 2.30pm and Midsummer Night’s Dream

August 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Peter and his naughty cousin Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures in this Beatrix Potter classic for all the family.  And/or enjoy Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and intrigue in a bewitching weave of fairy dust and frivolity, performed by Quantum Events’ renowned outdoor theatre troupe.

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Living History Tudor Re-Enactment Weekend

August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021

Come and meet the Tudor household of Lord Scrope. 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 her six months of captivity here. Enjoy the sights and smells of a Tudor kitchen at work; train as a member of the local militia; met the brewer; make a candle or follow the tour that covers five floors of the castle.

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IK Productions’ Outdoor Theatre – Beauty and the Beast

August 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Following their sell-out success with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, IKP return with a brand new “delightfully daft” (The Stage) re-telling of the classic story - Beauty and the Beast. This enchanting production promises to be fast-paced, family-friendly and fun, so prepare to be amazed and amused as IKP give this tale of adventure and acceptance their trademark ‘bonkers’ treatment.

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September 2021

Living History Re-Enactment Weekend British Civil Wars

September 11, 2021 - September 12, 2021

Our resident living history historians are telling the story of Bolton Castle's involvement in the civil wars that divided families and split the country between 1642 and 1660. Come and listen to their stories before you make the decision as to which side you would join; king or parliament?

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Wedding Fair

September 12, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Looking for new ideas on every element of a wedding to make your day perfect? Then join us for our wedding fair where you can meet suppliers and see Bolton Castle dressed for a wedding. This is a one-stop-shop for couples and their families to get inspired for the big day.

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Medieval Music in the Dales

September 17, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Details to follow but pop it in the diary!

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October 2021

Paranormal Evening with Dusk Til Dawn Events

October 2, 2021 @ 6:45 pm

Take the plunge and immerse yourself in the ghostly goings on at Bolton Castle.  This castle comes with a turbulent past, including two unsuccessful exorcisms, which were carried out in Mary, Queen of Scots’ bedchamber.  Discover our resident ghosts in our dark dungeons, a myriad of rooms linked by creepy corridors and stairwells.  Enjoy full use of our ghost hunting equipment, table tipping experiments, Ouija board experiments, séance and vigils in the most active areas of the castle.  Join us…

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Living History Medieval Re-Enactment Weekend

October 9, 2021 - October 10, 2021

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. Thomas, 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. You can see the kitchens at work, have a go at archery, handle the weaponry of the period, make your own candle and enjoy a guided tour of the castle.

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Halloween Half Term Events & Activities

October 23, 2021 - October 31, 2021

A week of spooky but fun Halloween events for all the family. See website for details.

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December 2021

Paranormal evening with Dusk Til Dawn Events (with optional sleepover)

December 4, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Take the plunge and immerse yourself in the ghostly goings on at Bolton Castle.  This castle comes with a turbulent past, including two unsuccessful exorcisms, which were carried out in Mary, Queen of Scots’ bedchamber.  Discover our resident ghosts in our dark dungeons, a myriad of rooms linked by creepy corridors and stairwells.  Enjoy full use of our ghost hunting equipment, table tipping experiments, Ouija board experiments, séance and vigils in the most active areas of the castle.  Sleep over if you dare!

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