It’s a good ten years or more since I last visited Bolsover Castle and after hearing about the new improvements for 2014, I was very keen to visit again. Very kindly the Brackenfield Bandits offered to take me along.

The added bonus this weekend was that there was a special event on too. Siege! A living history display of the Civil War battle for the Castle in 1644. Parliamentarian versus the Royalists. There were the encampments to visit and the battles to witness on the main display field.

Beating the drum

Beating the drum

Protecting the castle

Protecting the castle

Mustered

Mustered

Royalists

Royalists

Very cleverly re-enacted by the Cavaliers and Roundheads with foot soldiers and cavalry. Smoke and fire; a general hellfire of a rumpus.

Making ready

Making ready

Battle

Battle

Leaving the battle raging outside, once inside the Castle walls the riding school was open to see with very informative historical displays and then onto the little castle looking much spruced up with its winter improvements. Replica furniture and tapestries helping to give it a more living history feel than before.

Castle and garden

Castle and garden

The major improvement is the wall walk where visitors can now “walk in a cavalier’s footsteps”! It’s quite impressive and the views are stunning. I am not sure I felt quite as if I had “walked back in time” but the Stuart music that was drifting up from “Blast from the Past” in the garden was helping set the tone.

Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

Music

Music

Even time for a cuppa and some homemade cake near the fountain. I hadn’t expected to make a cake but the previous day a new recipe try out had produced more cake that anticipated. Still, always room for cake with an appreciative audience! A reclaim the weekend cake! Here’s the link:-

Rhubarb and Orange Cake

Most impressed with the visit and the event, a very pleasant day out. Probably worth going back soon as there is a lot to see and at weekends the riding school offer demonstrations too.

Castle

Castle

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