Spectacular summer in store at Berkeley Castle
By David Wood
Enjoy a wonderful summer at Berkeley Castle, with plenty of special activities to keep you and your children entertained.
Every Monday you will be able to enjoy have-a-go archery on the beautiful Bowling Lawn, and experience exciting archery displays.
Every Wednesday the castle's fabulous Jester, Monty, will delight and amuse with his wonderful tricks and stunts. All included in your standard admission.
On Monday, July 26, the Nottinghamshire Band of The Corps of Royal Engineers will play wonderful music in the grounds of the Castle.
On Friday, July 30, come and enjoy 'The Greatest Showman' in the grounds of Berkeley Castle. Experience the magic of this sensational movie, whilst enjoying a picnic with friends and family. Gates open at 7.30pm and the film will start at approximately 9.15pm.
On Sunday, August 1, Sylvia Sceptre will present three Victorian magic shows during the day. You'll also get to see some mix and mingle close-up magic as mystic Sylvia wanders around the Castle and grounds.
Also that day, The Duke's Theatre Company will bring their inaugural tour to Berkeley Castle and present Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare's classic story of star-crossed lovers who dream of happy-ever-after in the face of bitter divisions and bloody consequences.
Packed with live music, uproarious comedy and heartbreak, this vital and energised outdoor production promises to pack a punch, whilst delivering the classical text with modern clarity and relevance. This story is as current and relatable today as it was 400 years ago. Please bring your own chairs and picnic blankets. The tickets do not include admission to the Castle.
On Sunday, August 8, there's a chance to Meet the Tudors - The Magnificent Seven including Henry VIII and his many wives, along with Thomas Cromwell. Hear how each Queen fell out of favour with the King and quiz them at the end of their presentation, they'll be wanting to hear from any budding historians!
Sunday, August 15, sees Knight School at Berkeley Castle. Learn the ancient skill of sword fighting as accomplished warriors Dressed to Kill descend upon the Castle to impart their expert knowledge. Watch the Warrior Show on the Lower Lawns and the display of incredible, authentic steel armour masterfully crafted by Dressed to Kill Knights
Entry to Knight School is not included in your general admission. Tickets cost £7.50 and are limited in number.
On Sunday, August 22, it's Falconry Day at the castle. Head toward the Lower Lawns to witness magnificent falconry displays against the wonderful backdrop of the castle. Meet Robert Cheeseman, the falconer to Henry VIII, to discover more about his impressive birds of prey.
A spectacular couple of days are in store on Sunday and Monday, August 29-30 when jousting takes place in the castle grounds. Don't miss this firm favourite on the Castle's calendar, as the Knights and their stunning steeds from the Cavalry of Heroes battle it out - complete with incredible saddle stunts!
You'll get a chance to meet the gallant Knights and their horses after each show to ask questions and see their impressive armour and weapons. His majesty, King Henry VIII, will also be in residence along with his six wives and Thomas Cromwell. Their shows in the Castle's Great Hall will entertain and educate with the best Tudor history lesson you'll ever have!
Also on August 29, you can enjoy a big band concert in the Castle's beautiful gardens as the Adur Concert band tour from West Sussex. Enjoy marches, film, show, pop and classical music at a time to be specified.
For more information on all these events and more and details of ticket prices, visit Berkeley Castle
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