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Skipton Castle Events  2017




Sun 16th April Re-Enactment: The Governor of Skipton Castle 11am - 5pm

Mon 17th April Re-Enactment: The Governor of Skipton Castle 10am - 5pm

Come and meet Sir John Mallory Governor of Skipton Castle during the English Civil War Hear about the castle's siege and skirmishes its garrison have already fought and how the King's cause is faring in Yorkshire. Just how long can Sir John 'stout it out' for the King? 



Sat 27th May Re-Enactment: The Red Wyvern Society 10am - 5pm
Sun 28th May Re-Enactment: The Red Wyvern Society 11am - 5pm
Mon 29th May Re-Enactment: The Red Wyvern Society 10am - 5pm

Journey back to the 15th Century during the Wars of the Roses.

A re-creation of a medieval campsite within the castle grounds. See the garrison demonstrate their arms and armour.

It is June 1460. Henry VI is King of England and Lord John Clifford is master of Skipton

Castle. However, the country is in the grip of a civil war between the supporters of the

King, known as Lancastrians because Henry VI is also Duke of Lancaster; and his rival,

Richard, Duke of York, whose supporters are known as Yorkists. Lord John Clifford is a

prominent Lancastrian.

In 1455, Lord Thomas Clifford had been murdered by the Yorkists in where he had been

attending the King. His son, the twenty year old John became Lord John Clifford and

swore revenge on those who had killed his father - the Duke of York and Richard Neville,

the Earl of Salisbury. He began to raise and train soldiers -including the legendary ‘Flower

of Craven' - and mounted a string of attacks on the property of the northern Yorkists -

principally the Nevilles.

The Battles of Blore Heath and Ludford Bridge were fought in the autumn of 1459.

Following their defeat at Ludford Bridge the Yorkist leaders fled but it soon became clear

that the Duke of York had not abandoned hope of seizing the English throne. By May

1460, the Yorkists, with French help, had succeeded in again raising an army and were

poised to mount an invasion of England.

We therefore find a group of soldiers with a very tenuous hold on Skipton Castle. They are

attempting to 'array' (enlist) any able bodied person who they find in Skipton in the name of

King Henry VI.



Sat 10th June Stone Carving Association: Demonstration 10am - 5pm
Sun 11th June Stone Carving Association: Demonstration 11am - 5pm

An amateur association made up of a diverse range of members from all backgrounds, who share a keen interest in the craft of stone carving, which we promote through public demonstrations and exhibitions. Members of the public will be encouraged to have a go.



Sat 24th June Re-Enactment: 1635 Household 10am - 5pm

Sun 25th June Re-Enactment: 1635 Household 11am - 5pm

Life in the 17th Century


Journey back to the 17th Century and see a glimpse of Skipton Castle's Household life



Sat 22nd July Re-Enactment: Buckingham's Retinue 10am - 5pm
Sun 23rd July Re-Enactment: Buckingham's Retinue 11am - 5pm

Life in the 15th Century

 On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July Buckingham’s Retinue will be bringing Skipton Castle to life as it may have been in the late Middle Ages, during a period known as the Wars of the Roses. In addition to our normal range of crafts, activities and displays, we will also be presenting a series of medieval judicial court scenes, based on real historical events and cases, with plenty of opportunity for audience participation!

The year is 1455, and it is Skipton’s turn to host the travelling Court of Assizes. Here, the Commissioner of the King’s Peace will pass judgement on local civil and criminal cases. However, he cannot do his job alone. We need you, the visitors to the castle, to act as the jury and decide who is responsible for the crimes!

Both days will begin with a selection of minor cases, before the main case of the day is presented. On Saturday the Commissioner will be investigating the untimely death of a man in custody, found beaten in the castle dungeon. On Sunday a fight between local nobles comes to a head when the inheritance of a large amount of money is at risk.



Sat 5th Aug Re-Enactment: Nevison the Yorkshire Highwayman 10am - 5pm
Sun 6th Aug Re-Enactment: Nevison the Yorkshire Highwayman 11am - 5pm

Meet the infamous Yorkshire Highwayman

John Nevison was a famous late 17th century Yorkshire highwayman who robbed the length of the Great North Road but especially in the northern counties. One story about him was how he was supposed to have ridden from London to York in less than a day to gain an alibi for a robbery he'd been witnessed committing.


Sat 12th Aug Re-Enactment: Trayned Bandes 10am - 5pm

Sun 13th Aug Re-Enactment: Trayned Bandes 11am - 5pm

The English Civil War

See this military unit setting up an encampment mustering their souldiers and firing their muskets




Sat 19th Aug Re-Enactment: Historia Normannis 10am - 5pm

Sun 20th Aug Re-Enactment: Historia Normannis 11am - 5pm

Bringing History to life in the 12th Century

The walls of Skipton castle will echo to the sound of swords and shields once again- but don't worry, it's only the re-enactors of Historia Normannis! Come and see medieval craftsmen demonstrating their trades, knights displaying their prowess, and ladies describing life as it would have been in the reign of Henry II. The castle itself will be the site of historic set-pieces, recreating the daily workings of a local medieval court, the furnishings of a Lord's bedchamber, and outside the walls, a working medieval siege weapon! A great day out for history enthusiasts and curious families alike- it promises to be an event not to be missed!


Sat 26th Aug Re-Enactment: The Pirate Captain 10am - 5pm

Sun 27th Aug Re-Enactment: The Pirate Captain 11am - 5pm








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