Bolsover castle’s very civil war

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VISITORS to Bolsover Castle this week have the opportunity to discover the facts about the castle’s role during the English Civil War, with hands-on children’s activities and a family trail around the castle.

Bolsover Castle was home to the famous Cavalier William Cavendish. As a Royalist stronghold it was besieged by the Parliamentarian army in 1645. To save the castle from destruction the Royalist defenders surrendered and Bolsover Castle was taken by Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads.

From Monday 15 to Friday 19 August English Heritage is staging a Time Travellers Go…Cavaliers & Roundheads event. Children can join Oliver Cromwell’s army and discover what it took to be a soldier of the English Civil War. There will be musket drills and pike drills, and visitors can also learn about the castle’s exciting Civil War history in a fun trail around the grounds.

Lynsey Coombs, English Heritage visitor operations manager says, “This is a great opportunity to discover the story of Bolsover Castle during the Civil War, and for children to get hands-on with history in this Time Travellers Go… event.”

Next week from Monday 22 to Friday 26 Aug is Time Travellers Go…Knights and Princesses. Children are being invited to arm themselves with a toy sword or put on their prettiest dress and head back in time for activities on a medieval theme. There will be lessons in medieval etiquette and the opportunity to try on armour in the academy for budding knights and princesses. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a children’s battle.