What: Twiglet the Barn Owl at Peveril Castle
When: Saturday 31 August (Bank Holiday), 1-3pm
Where: Market Place, Castleton, Derbyshire S33 8WQ
Next Saturday 31 August one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses, Peveril Castle, will relive the days of being a royal hunting preserve when Twiglet the Barn Owl pays a visit.
The four and a half month year old female barn owl will be at the English Heritage site from 1-3pm with her handler Becca from the Chestnut Centre. Visitors will be able to see Twiglet, ask questions, learn about the importance of owls in the history of Peveril, as well as take photos and of course enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley.
In 1155 a large area of land around Peveril Castle became the Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting reserve. The king had full control of hunting rights and so was able to use the forest for recreation and providing luxury food. Hunting in the Peak is a large part of the castle history as this continued until 1564 when it was decided that the land would be better used for sheep farming (Henry VII attended the hunt here in 1495).
A form of hunting was falconry deigned to flush deer out. There is evidence that owls were used for this purpose too, though there is no proof that this was or wasn’t the case at Peveril. Twiglet will help bring to life the strong links Peveril has with hunting, and open up the opportunity for staff to discuss the hunting side of the castle’s history.
Normal admission charges to the castle apply: English Heritage members are free, Adults £4.60, Concessions £4.10, Child £2.80 and family £12.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children).