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What's On 2019

 

From Sunday 2nd June

Ghosts of Berkeley Castle Exhibition

Wire sculpture exhibition by local ‘Slimbridge Soldiers’ sculptor, Jackie Lantelli. 

See Edward II, doomed in his cell; Elizabeth I, ready with her crossbow to kill the Earl of Berkeley’s prize stags and Dicky Pearce, the jester who fell from the Minstrel’s Gallery. 

With many other sculptures to spot as you wander around the Castle’s grand rooms and grounds, this exhibition will bring the Castle’s intriguing history to life.

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July and August

 

Every Monday throughout July and August (excluding Monday 26th August)

Grandparents’ Day

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)

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Mondays - 29th July, 5th, 12th and 19th August

Cassandra – story-telling at midday, 1.30pm and 3.00pm

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 participation and will weave your ideas into her magical tales.

Enjoy Art & Craft sessions throughout the day in the Education Room.

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Tuesdays - 30th July 6th, 13th and 20th and 27th August

Jester skills

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!

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

Archery Shows & Wandering Knight

Meet the Castle’s chivalrous 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.

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Sunday 21st July

A Tudor day out with the Boleyns

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. Enjoy the spectacle of Tudor dancing in the Great Hall.

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Lace-makers

We’re also delighted to host of group of local lace-makers. See this incredible early 16th century  craft at close hand and view examples of exquisite items made from lace.

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Sunday 28th July

Jazz on the Lower Lawns

Explore the Castle, Butterfly House and Grounds, then relax and listen to live jazz from the Peanut Shuffle Club Trio on the Castle’s lower lawns from 1pm - 3pm. This is included in the admission fee.

Led by soulful female vocals and spirited gypsy guitar, the Peanut Shuffle Club trio also feature the virtuosic talent of violinist John Pearce, and breathe their own exuberant energy into songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s, learned on the streets of New Orleans. 

Bring your own picnic or why not order a delicious picnic in advance from our Yurt Tearoom* and pick it up when you arrive at the Castle? Call into the Ice-cream parlour for a refreshing local ice-cream too!

*From £35 for two, to include artisan breads, cured meat, cheeses, chutney, olives, cherry tomatoes, home-made sausage rolls, and dips. Large bottle of sparkling water and half a bottle of wine.

Order direct from finance@napiercatering.co.uk. Must be paid in full at time of order.

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Sunday 11th August

Step back in time with Tudor Royalty & Falconry Displays

The Magnificent Seven – Meet the Loves of Henry VIII

Thomas Cromwell welcomes court visitors to the Castle’s Great Hall, embark on a journey through Henry VIII’s long and eventful life and meet each of his Six Wives; introduced by Bessie Blount, King Henry VIII’s favourite mistress. Hear how each queen fell out of favour with the King and feel free to quiz them at the end of their presentation, they’ll be waiting to hear from any budding historians.

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The Lower Lawns will also play host to a magnificent falconry displays. 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 11th August

The Scarlet Pimpernel Open Air Theatre with Jenny Wren Productions

Come along and enjoy a summer’s evening with picnics and theatre in the grounds of the Castle. Keep an eye on our website for further details.

Bring your own picnic or why not order a delicious picnic in advance from our Yurt Tearoom* and pick it up when you arrive at the Castle? Call into the Ice-cream parlour for a refreshing local ice-cream too!

*From £35 for two, to include artisan breads, cured meat, cheeses, chutney, olives, cherry tomatoes, home-made sausage rolls, and dips. Large bottle of sparkling water and half a bottle of wine.

Order direct from finance@napiercatering.co.uk. Must be paid in full at time of order.

£5 off entry to the Castle with a valid theatre ticket (on this day only) includes permission to stay in the grounds after 5pm when the Castle closes.

 

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Sunday 18th August

A Legendary Day as Unicorns arrive at the Castle!

An exciting day of myths and legends as the unicorns canter along to Berkeley Castle.

Unicorn rides are available throughout the day from 11am and cost £3.  There are 4 ponies available during each half hour slot and each pony gives 5 rides per half hour. Please purchase your tickets in advance using the link below, admission tickets to be purchased separately on the day of attendance.

Enjoy *arts & crafts, *unicorn face-painting and explore our REAL Castle too!

*small fee applies

 

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Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August

Two days of action packed Georgian living history

British forces descend upon the Castle with Living History camp and drill sentry events each day.

Come along and find out more about this fascinating period in history.

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Sunday 1st September

Gallant Knights fight it out at Berkeley Castle

The warriors from Dressed to Kill descend upon the Castle to impart their expert sword fighting skills. Experience at first-hand how knights were trained in the 15th century and watch breath-taking sword fighting shows.

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

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Friday 20th September

Picnic & Open Air Cinema on the Lower Lawns with The Lost Cinema

6.30pm – 10.30pm

£5 off entry to the Castle with a valid cinema ticket (on this day only) includes permission to stay in the grounds after 5pm when the Castle closes.

 

Sunday 22nd 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 27th - Wednesday 30th October

All Hallows Week at Berkeley Castle with some Ghastly Goings On!

• An audience with King Henry VIII and 2 beheaded wives

• The Grim executioner will prowl the castle with tales of gore

• Two of Henry’s less fortunate wives will mingle with visitors, telling their sorry tales of how they fell out of favour with the King and what became of them!

• Wise women tell of their latest cures for pesky persistent plagues or pestilent pustules ..... talk to them and maybe they could cure your ills but be warned, they may be healers ….or perhaps witches!

• Beware the gaolers, they are actively recruiting and will try to lure you into their less than salubrious accommodation ... so make sure you behave!

• Try your hand or rather feet at Tudor dancing

• Spooky stories 

Pull on your wellies and set off on a spooky adventure around the grounds, hunting down our Halloween themed decorations. Get your *face painted in a ghoulish fashion, then swap your adventure stories over toasted marshmallows in the Wild Play area.

*Small fee applies

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