Arise Sir Dad!

Knights School for Dads at Bolsover Castle

What:             Knights School for Dads

When:            Sun 15 June 2014, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Where:          Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

Knights School for Dads at Bolsover

Knights School for Dads at Bolsover

English Heritage is encouraging Dads to bring their little ones to Bolsover Castle and become knights for the day on Sunday 15 June – Father’s Day.

At this very special Knights School for Dads, families will be invited to hone their skills for the battlefield and impress fair maidens. They will be greeted by the medieval castle knight and hear tantalising tales of chivalrous battles and fearsome quests.

Throughout the day there will be the chance to hear about the amazing weaponry and armour before training commences where only the brave need apply! In the afternoon children can do battle ahead of the big tournament to decide who is the victorious father and chivalrous child.

Amanda Till, English Heritage Events Co-Ordinator says, “Bolsover Castle is the perfect setting for this Father’s Day Knight School and what better opportunity for children to have a memorable day with their dads than taking part in some medieval sword training. There’ll be weapons displays and talks, and a chance to see how the real knights do it with clashing swords and shields.”

There will also be the opportunity to witness expert horsemen in flamboyant 17th century costume put horses through their paces to baroque music in the spectacular surroundings of the Riding School at Bolsover Castle. The breathtaking displays of cavaliers in training as per Cavendish’s riding techniques will be taking place in shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm (check website for details and booking).

Bolsover Castle is now a complete day out for families as visitors can rediscover what Bolsover meant to Cavendish and his contemporaries through new furnishings and interpretation, and be among the first to experience the restored and repaired walled Fountain Garden, which, for the first time in almost 400 years, features the opportunity to stroll along the high-level wall walk giving a new perspective over the garden and surrounding countryside.


Plus, a whole new exhibition has been created in the Riding House, and a fantastically fun children’s play area is now open!


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Adult – £9.50, Concession – £8.60, Child – £5.70, Family – £24.70, (Members Free)


Bolsover Castle, Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire S44 6PR

Tel: 01246 822844



For further information and images, please contact:

Melissa Gerbaldi, PR Manager – London & East, or 07771 371190 / 01525 863 714


Notes To Editors


Bolsover Castle occupies the hilltop site of a medieval fortress built by the Peverel family. The wealthy Sir Charles Cavendish, a younger son of Bess of Hardwick, acquired the old fortress in 1608 and, with the architect Robert Smythson, began work to create a new and extraordinary castle, called a ‘delicate little house’ by visitors.

Once used by William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, a sophisticated, flamboyant, master horseman and courtier to King Charles I, as a retreat for entertainment and cultural pursuits high above the Derbyshire countryside, Bolsover Castle is bought to life four centuries on, as part of a £1million project.

English Heritage is the custodian of over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites through which we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.  

Melissa Gerbaldi | PR Manager London and East | English Heritage | 07771 371190 / 01525 863 714|

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