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Easter Weekend

30th March to 2nd April

Dragons swoop in to Berkeley Castle for an Easter Eggstravaganza

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Following the 'roaring' success of last year's thrilling Dragon extravaganza, this Easter's activities at Berkeley Castle are set to delight visitors of all ages with the opportunity to experience fantastic dragon puppetry, get face-to-face with a baby dragon, and take part in the colourful Chinese Dragon Parade.

For those looking for a unique twist to the usual Easter egg hunt, there's the chance to prove your tracking skills and help Dickie the Jester find the newly hatched 'dragon babies' hidden amid the Castle grounds. Discover them all and claim your reward – a delicious Easter treat, then enter the magnificent Great Hall and sit captivated by Dragon Tales from the mystical dragon handlers.

Enjoy an Easter treat in the Yurt Tearoom and make sure you call into the Education Room for free Arts & Crafts too.

 

Sunday 8th April

 

Gallant Knights fight it out at Berkeley Castle

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Accomplished warriors and armour makers, Dressed to Kill, descend upon the Castle to impart their expert battling knowledge. Experience at first-hand how knights were trained in the 15th century and learn the ancient skill of sword fighting.

See up-close the display of incredible, authentic steel armour masterfully crafted by Dressed to Kill themselves. Young knights can continue their brave journey after they get home and practice what they’ve learnt with the fantastic helmets, swords and shields that you’ll find for sale in the Castle shop.

 

Sunday 15th April

Step back in time with Falconry Displays and Tudor Gentry

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Experience the honour of a royal guest as King Henry VIII himself visits Berkeley Castle; meet his Queen, her ladies in waiting and noble gentlemen. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Tudor dancing in the Great Hall with live musicians.

The Lower Lawns will also play host to a magnificent falconry display. You'll have the opportunity to meet the medieval falconer too and find out more about his impressive birds of prey.

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Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May

Knights on horseback and Jousting displays with the magnificent Cavalry of Heroes

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Knights and their impressive steeds will battle it out in the grounds of the Castle.  Don't miss their jousting tournaments and saddle stunt displays.

Meet the gallant Knights and their wonderful horses – a great photo opportunity!

 

Sunday 3rd June

Live music in the Great Hall

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Medieval & Elizabethan live music in the Great Hall with Pease Pottage

Savour the atmosphere of the Great Hall, transport yourself back in time whilst listening to a variety of medieval and renaissance wind instruments and learn some new dance moves too!

 

Monday 11th June

NGS Open Gardens

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Enjoy the grounds and gardens at Berkeley Castle, the borders are at their best at this time of year, with roses in bloom around every corner!

Entry to the gardens and grounds is only £6 today and every penny goes to the NGS’ nominated charity.

 

Sunday 17th June

Father’s Day fun with bouncy castles and free entry & lunch for Dads!

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Make Dad’s day and take him along to Berkeley Castle for a great family day out and what’s more he’ll get free entry and a free lunch too!

It’s fun, fun, fun all the way today with bouncy castles, inflatable games, arts and crafts and a real Castle to explore!

 

July and August

Every Monday throughout July and August

(excluding Monday 27th)

Grandparent’s Day – every Monday

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Free entry Grandparents get free entry & hot drink too!

Bring your grandchildren for an enjoyable and memorable day out. Enjoy free entry (with each paying grandchild) and a complimentary hot drink (with any lunch purchased)

 

Mondays - 30th July and 6th, 13th, 20th August

Cassandra – story-telling

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Relax in the perfect surroundings of the Castle’s Great Hall; allow your imagination to run wild as Cassandra captivates you with stories of old. She loves audience interaction and will weave your ideas into her magical tales.

 

Tuesdays - 31st July and 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August

Jester skills

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Meet Monty, the cheekiest Jester in the land!

The Inner Bailey will be filled with challenges and games. Watch magic shows, learn new skills - walk the tightrope, juggle and master the bike that refuses to go in a straight line!

The perfect way to have fun and let off steam!

 

Wednesdays - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd,29th August

Archery Shows & Wandering Knight

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Meet the Castle’s gallant knight as he guards the entry gates to Berkeley Castle; learn all about his weapons and armour.

Don’t miss the chance to have a go at Archery and watch Archery Shows on Queen Elizabeth 1st bowling lawn at regular intervals during the day.

 

Sunday 29th July

Step back in time with Falconry Displays and Tudor Gentry

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Encounter Tudor royalty as King Henry VIII arrives at Berkeley Castle on his royal progress, meet his Queen, along with her ladies in waiting and noble gentlemen. Witness Tudor dancing in the Great Hall with live musicians.

The Castle grounds will also play host to a magnificent falconry display. You'll have the opportunity to meet our falconer and get to know his impressive birds of prey.

 

Sunday 5th August

Family fun day with giant games and bouncy castles!

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Let off steam and charge around the Castle grounds, enjoy bouncy castles and see who can score the most goals in our inflatable penalty shoot-out. There are lots of other ‘giant’ challenges too – who’ll be the champion in your family?!

 

Sunday 12th August

Gallant Knights fight it out at Berkeley Castle

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Accomplished warriors and armour makers Dressed to Kill descend upon the Castle to impart their expert battling knowledge. Experience first-hand how knights were trained in the 15th century and learn the ancient skill of sword fighting.

See up-close the display of incredible, authentic steel armour masterfully crafted by Dressed to Kill themselves. Young knights can continue their brave journey after they get home and practice what they’ve learnt with the fantastic helmets, swords and shields that you’ll find for sale in the Castle shop. 

 

Sunday 19th August

Enjoy a Circus Show with the Cavalry of Heroes

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See this entertaining circus performance on the Lower Lawns of the Castle, with horse tricks, funny moments and beautiful costumes all set to music. Meet the horses and entertainers between shows – and don’t forget your camera!

 

Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August

Two days of action packed Magnificent Medieval Merriment!

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Lords, ladies, gunpowder, soldiers’ drill, living history, music, candle-making and last but not least, meet Lady Margaret Denys as she returns on horseback from hunting in the Royal Forest of King Wood.

Meet the Castle’s falconer too along with his skilful birds of prey – watch falconry shows throughout the day.

 

Sunday 23rd September

Celebrate National Cupcake Week

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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 September

Spooktacular Halloween Half Term Fun

Halloween

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.

 

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