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Skipton Castle Diary


19 SepTunstills Men
A true story of a recruiting campaigner during World War I is brought to life in this promenade performance in the Castle by students and staff from The Skipton Academy, a century after the events that changed the lives of men and women in the district forever.
14 JulFirst Drone Flight over Skipton Castle
Drone Helicopter flies over Skipton Castle taking pictures never seen before. This picture shows the full length of the Castle on the north side precipice.
5 JulTour de France
View of the tour de france on Skipton's Highstreet as seen from the Castle
2 JulHandelbards
21 MayRepairs to the Octagon Tower
14 FebBBC Horrible Histories Team
BBC Horrible Histories team have been at Skipton Castle Filming the new movie Bill
27 JanWork On the New Car Park begins


23 MayCraven College Fashion Show


 Invitation to a Ball. A Gothic Romance at Skipton Castle

The annual Craven College fashion event was inspired by the original Grimm brothers fairy tale Cinderella, blended with Bram Stoker's Dracula.

7 MarPainting of Lady Anne Clifford discovered

A fine long lost painting of Lady Anne Clifford who was born in Skipton Castle in 1590 has been discoverd in Germany. The portrait painted by William Larkin in 1618 is to be sold with an estimate of £350,000 

Picture courtesy of the Weiss Gallery London

3 MarJoan Murrays fashion show

College lecturer and fashion designer Joan Murray held an impressive two day fashion show in the Castle granary.

Using high-quality natural yarns such as silks, cottons, cashmere and fine wool, she enjoys creating elegant and practical clothes with a mixture of colours and textures.

1 MarSkipton Market a New Era


On the 1st of March Skipton Town Council take over the management of Skipton Market

A new ten year lease was signed by the holder of the market charter the existing Lord of the honour of Skipton and Skipton Mayor, Councillor Wendy Clark

Since 1203 the Lord of the Honour of Skipton, owner of Skipton Castle was granted the right to hold fairs and a market. Today the market runs for four days a week being an iconic part of the High street attracting thousands of visitors a year.


4 FebKing Richard III

It was confirmed today that the skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of the English king Richard III.

Richard Duke of Gloucester later Richard III was The Lord of the honour of Skipton from 1475-1485 when he was killed at Bosworth

4 JanCastle Shop Opens Online

With a few books published by the Castle a teachers resource pack, a cut out model of the castle and our popular colour brochure, the castle shop goes on line.

 To view the shop visit


13 JulLonely Planet Publications
Skipton Castle receives its 'recommended by lonley Planets sticker'
12 JunAlong the River Aire
BBC 1 programe illustrating the rich history along the river Aire with some fantastic aerial shots of the Castle. See it on BBC's I Player
22 FebRepairs in the Conduit Court

Repairs to the Shepherd Lord's appartments. Timber was replaced in parts of the roof and new copping stones were added.

4 FebRetro-spective exhibition by Helen Peyton

A very sucessful exhibition enjoyed by all the Castle visitors.

2 FebRepair works to the Inner Gatehouse
Two large cracks which have formed over the years were cleaned, stabilised and repaired using Helibar rods on each course of stone.


17 SepBeatles, Blues & Blue Violin
Mik Kaminski & Phil Bates -  former members of ELO / ELO Pt II, & Tina McBain of the Raconteurs & Elaenor Rigby Experience  were supported by Fay & Latta, played to a full house in the Castle Granary  over Saturday & Sunday Evening.
20 AugHistoria Normanis
New to Skipton Castle, Historia Normanis brought the Castle back to life with exciting displays of combat and life in the 12 century.
21 JunClassic Buskers
As part of the Grassibgton festival, Micheal Copley and Ian Moore delighted the audience with their virtuosity and dry humour, by treating some of the post popular classics with hilarious arrangements. The event was held within the Castle's Banqueting hall, a first within the last 50 years.
17 JunFlying the Dutch flag
Skipton Castle granted the request to fly the Dutch flag during the ceremony of a Civil Partnership.


2 SepCastle Cat Boris is Big in Japan
Boris the 19 year old brown burmese beat off competition from other cats throughout the British Isles to appear as the cover star for the Japanese publication on British castles and their cats
21 AugFlock to Skipton
Search out 25 larger than life sheep on a trail across the town of Skipton. Can you find them all? Here is Tangle designed by artist Janet Fishwick and sponsored by Fresh Radio. The trail runs from the 21August to 19th December.
17 JunLaunch of Turnerís Trail in Yorkshire
Turner visited Skipton in 1816 during an extensive tour of Yorkshire to collect material for a grand published history of Yorkshire. Turner settled on a location to the north of Skipton Castle, from which he developed some detailed sketches and a watercolour study. See photo for the view.
12 JunTower Hamlets Trayned Bandes

Tower Hamlets Trayned bandes stage thier first Civil War event at Skipton Castle.

29 MayWedding in the Castle

A wedding ceremony took place within the Banqueting hall. The first wedding to take place within the Castle grounds for 375 years.

10 MayBlue Peter filming at the Castle

CBBC are having a history week, looking at gruesome facts in medieval Britain. The Blue Peter presenters Andy Akinwolere and Joel Defries were trained in archery and medieval swordsmanship by two experts from the Royal Armouries. (Andrew Balmforth and Andy Deane). Gavin Barclay the producer said “Skipton Castle was chosen as a ideal site to stage the tournament where Andy and Joel competed to win the Fair Maiden's hand, presenter Helen Skelton

16 FebAuthor and historian Alison Weir visits the Castle
JanuaryColdest Winter for 30 Years


12 DecBanqueting Hall exhibition by the Fashion department of Craven College
11 DecLaunch of the book the Shepherd Lord by Peter Algar

Young Henry Clifford, heir to vast estates in the North of England, is spirited away after the Battle of Towton for fear that the Yorkists will take his life in reprisal against his father`s actions. He is brought up as a simple shepherd boy so that his noble background does not betray his true identity. Narrated by the shepherd who raised him until it was safe to reveal his lineage and reclaim his birthright, this is a riveting tale contrasting a life on the run against an idyllic pastoral backdrop. It is a tale of identity, roots and nurture – one of an unbreakable and everlasting bond that develops between two people from very different backgrounds.  This book delves into one of the most extraordinary periods of English history and acts as a prism into the multi-faceted affairs of the time.  Based on a true story, that has been all but ignored for centuries, it is now bursting to be told.

Peter Algar was born and bred in Yorkshire and spent his formative years on his Auntie’s farm where his first friends were the livestock. He has always dreamed of owning his own farm.  He realised this dream almost forty years later and now tends to his sheep, goats and chickens when he escapes to his retreat in Normandy.  His wife won’t let him have a sheepdog, but he’s working on that.  He came upon this story whilst researching his family’s history and put aside a couple of hours every day before dawn to write it.  This is his first novel, but he is already planning a sequel.

ISBN 978-1-906561-96-3

24 JanFrench flag flies over the Watchtower
Skipton formally twinned with the French town of Erquinghem-Lys
12 SepShowcase work of Alec Pearson in the Castleís Banqueting hall
7 JulSpace shuttle Astronauts land at the castle
Five Astronauts from the space shuttle drop in for a visit. The sixth Wakata was still orbiting the world in the space station. It was the first time most of them had visited a real Castle.
28 JunCastle Cat Boris Photo Shoot
Boris poses for Japanese book on stately homes and their Cats
27 JunArmed forces day 2009
25 JunHelp for Heroes
Malcom Cray drops in whilst passing on his marathon walk from John o Groats to Lands end. As a personal challenge he was wearing 17th century pikemans attire and carrying a half-sized pike
18 JunRepairs to the roof , walls and a new staircase finish after 6 months
14 JunCastleís Clifford de Curlew takes part in the Grassington Festival trail


AugustArt classes start at the Castle
15 JulHairy Bikers cook up a medieval Skiptonís Brides pie
8 JulArchbishop of Canterbury visits Skipton Castle

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