What's On 2018
Strictly Come Dancing Costumes exhibition
Sunday 16th September
Come and meet Alys Winchcombe, our Elizabethan harpist.
Harps have enjoyed a long and vibrant history – and nowhere more so than the Renaissance Court. Hear an echo of the sounds of Berkeley Castle as it might have been in the times of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Alys will play music from Dowland, Holborne, Morley and others – bouncing galliards, sweet pavanes, soulful ayres, and tell the stories of some of these tunes – matching them to the portraits and paintings you’ll see in the castle: Baron Hunsdon, the Earl of Essex and Nonesuch Palace.
Alys plays a replica renaissance harp made of sycamore wood with buzzing holly bray pins. She is careful to dress respectably in accordance with the Sumptuary Laws, with not too much starch in her ruff.
Sunday 16th September
A journey exploring the wonderful collection of Franz Schubert's Lieder masterpieces - and "Brightest Day a Cloud" - a brand new contribution to the repertoire of art song, by Bristol-based composer Dr. Liz Lane, commissioned by Corde di gioia - Strings of Joy. Songs in Danish and English with lyrics by Shakespeare, H.C.Andersen, Halfdan Rasmussen and Jennifer Henderson on the themes of travel, weather and the special Danish "hygge" and accompaniment by not only the piano, but also strings tailors it specifically to this trio.
Sunday 23rd September
Celebrate National Cupcake Week
Meet Katharine Edwards, expert cake decorator, from Cherish Cakes. Learn how to decorate your very own cupcake to take home – all members of the family are welcome to take part. A small fee of £2 to cover costs applies.
Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th October
Spooktacular Halloween Half Term Fun
Creep down into the cellars and meet a coven of witches, and A few wizards too.
Snap a magical selfie with our Wizard and his spectacular owls in the Great Hall. Cosy up and enjoy spooky stories from Cassandra, the friendly witch.
And what is Halloween without pumpkins? Get creative carving scary faces into Jack o' Lanterns (for a small witchy fee to cover costs).
Slurp delicious pumpkin soup – there will be tasty hot-dogs and other Halloween treats as well - in our Halloween Snack Shack.
Pull on your wellies and set off on a spooky adventure around the grounds, hunting down our Halloween themed decorations. Then swap your adventure stories over toasted marshmallows in the Wild Play area.