Magic of Oakham Castle brought to life

Norman celebrations at Oakham Castle EMN-160524-145359001
Norman celebrations at Oakham Castle EMN-160524-145359001

A series of events called Medieval Mondays will run throughout the summer at the recently reopened Oakham Castle.

Still basking in the success of the grand re-opening at the end of May, which attracted more than 5,000 people, the team at Oakham Castle are hoping to see people continuing to enjoy the building.

Every Monday from July 25 to August 29, visitors to the castle can take part in medieval skills workshops and drop-in activities, to get a flavour of what life was like in about 1180.

Activities manager at the castle Charlotte Widgery said: “We had such a wonderful response to the Medieval activities that we staged at the grand re-opening, we wanted to keep some of that magic alive for our visitors throughout the summer.

“The event inspired quite a lot of people to try new activities, so we’re going to bring some of them back throughout July and August to continue to teach visitors about the way life was in England during the time the Castle was founded by the Normans.”

In the mornings there will be archery lessons from 10.30am until midday for £25 per person, with tuition from John Steel of Red Fox Archery.

Suited to older children and adults, the team will even be setting up medieval targets to learn the skill as our ancestors would have been 
taught.

For those who are more inclined towards arts and crafts, the castle is hosting tile making workshops from 10am to 11am where you can learn the craft using traditional patterns and techniques. It’s suited for all the family but parental supervision is required at all times and costs £5 per person.

Then in the afternoon, drop-into the castle from 12.30pm to 3.30pm to take part in a range of activities, including Have-a-go-Archery for £2 per person and Medieval Banner Making for £2.50 each.

There will also be stories, quizzes and dressing up on a daily basis to inspire you to learn more about Rutland’s famous horseshoes which adorn the walls of the Grade I listed Registered Ancient Monument.

To book a space on the archery or tile making workshops, e-mail castle@rutland.gov.uk or call 01572 757578.