Home
About the Castle
History & People
3D Castle
Plan
Fun Page
School & Youth Groups
Admission
Location
Shop
Image Library
Blog
Links
Weddings
Conference Facilities
History of Craven
Skipton
Woods
Events 2019
Follow Skipton Castle on FacebookFollow Skipton Castle on TwitterFollow Skipton Castle on Pintrest
Skipton Castle - Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

  

Skipton Castle Events  2019

   

 

   

  

  

Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May 2019

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

 15th Century War of the Roses

Journey back to the 15th Century during the Wars with the Red Wyvern Society. See a recreation of a medieval campsite within the castle grounds and the garrison demonstrate their arms and armour.

 

Saturday 25th May & Monday 27th May

10.00am (Castle opens) Living History starts

11.00 am How a man shall be armed followed by combat demonstration

12.00 Practice with Arms & Armour

1.00 pm Knight School

2.00 pm Dinner is served

3.00 pm Trebuchet Demonstration

4.00 pm Archery Practise

5.00 pm End of Living History

Throughout, Living History demonstrations and opportunities for participation

Knight School may be repeated if popular, please ask

 

Sunday 26th May

11.00 am (Castle Opens) Living History starts

11.30 am How a man shall be armed followed by combat demonstration

12.30 Practice with Arms & Armour

1.00 pm Knight School

2.00 pm Dinner is served

3.00 pm Trebuchet Demonstration

4.00 pm Archery Demonstration

5.00 pm End of Living History

Throughout, Living History demonstrations and opportunities for participation

Knight School may be repeated if popular, please ask

 

 

The year is 1454, May the 25th. It has been nearly eight months since the skirmish at Heworth Moor where Thomas Percy (with aid from the Cliffords) launched a raiding party to attack the wedding between Thomas Neville and Maud Stanhope (the widow of Robert Lord Willoughby) for the purposes of preventing further land acquisition by the Nevilles and furthering animosity between the Nevilles and Percys. The timid and shy king Henry VI of England, following a legal case brought to the courts by the Nevilles after the relatively bloodless skirmish, has decreed that a competition of arms of sorts to reconcile the bad blood between the two emerging factions in the north of England is to occur at Skipton Castle where both Lord Thomas Clifford and Lord John Neville must overcome the family feud that has long tainted the north of England. As the two lords discuss matters within the great keep of Skipton Castle, the retainers spar, drink and go about their day... but the animosity between the two factions is not just restricted to the nobility as even the retainers share the same zeal against their rival family and the entire castle stands on a pin prick especially after a few of the castle's garrison are overheard talking of Lord Salisbury's house being broken into in York earlier that same month where the tenants were attacked reportedly by men who had been with Lord Egremont at Hewarth Moor. Because of this: the mood of the castle is that of a feigned peace. Although under orders from their captains and by decree of the king there is to be no violence, there is a deep underlying hatred between both the Nevilles and the Cliffords (with the latter as allies of the Percys) at the castle as many of the soldiers who are armed there will have come -close- but not quite to full blown pitched battles with the same people who now share the same temporary camping space as them. As such the castle is a hive of activity with both familiar and unfamiliar faces around and the animosity is not restricted to just those who are re-enacting a combat role, those of you doing living history displays as well feel free to demonstrate distain and distrust of those from the other family household, if anyone wants to script in some fisticuffs taking place around the castle to be broken up by guards do shout up as it makes the place seem more alive! Merchants and traders of all skills and trades will be taking the opportunity to capitalize on the presence of two well known households being in the same location at once in order to sell goods and services to both the retainers and any followers of both forces.

 

 

 

Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 June 2019

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

 Tournee

Re-Live 1380 Medieval Life

 

TIMETABLE Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd June 2019

 

Saturday

10.30am Archery- Main lawn

11.30 am Bohort - single knights in combat - Café

1.00 pm Pace Egg - medieval mummers play- Café

2.00 pm Dine a Knight - dining etiquette - Banqueting hall

2.30 pm Arming a Knight - dressing for battle - Café

3.00 pm The Grand Melee - foot tournament- Café

6.00 pm End of Living History

 

Throughout, Living History demonstrations- includes archery & armour talks, medieval camp cooking, barber & surgeon

 

Sunday

11.00am Archery- Lawn

12.00 am Bohort- single knights in combat - Café

1.30 pm Pace Egg - medieval mummers play - Café

2.30 pm Dine a Knight- dining etiquette - Banqueting hall

3.00 pm Arming a Knight - dressing for battle - Café

3.30 pm The Grand Melee - foot tournament- Café

5.00 pm End of Living History

 

Throughout, Living History demonstrations- includes archery & armour talks, medieval camp cooking, barber & surgeon

 

 

 

Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 July 2019

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

Stone Carving Association

Demonstration from a group who share a keen interest in the craft of stone carving, which they promote through public exhibitions. Come and have a go.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 July 2019

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

15 Century Castle Life

Buckingham’s Retinue recreates life as it may have been in Skipton during the Wars of the Roses

 

 

 

           

Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 August 2019

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

The Trayned Bands

See this Civil War Regiment prepare for battle against the Parliamentarian army

 

 

 

 

Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 August 2019

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

 Pirate Captain

Come and meet this stranded Pirate Captain and hear his tales

 

 

 

           

Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 August 2019

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

12 Century Knights

Hear the walls echo to the sounds of swords and shields from re-enactors, Historia Normannis. See medieval craftsmen demonstrate their trades, knights display their prowess.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 August 2019

Meet the Governor

10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)

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.


               

 

 

 

Normal admissions to events apply unless stated otherwise