We arrived to find plenty of parking in the overflow car park. Parking is £2, but if you are using the car park to visit the castle, this is refunded to you. We arrived just as a duo of actors was performing a play about Robin Hood. They were encouraging the children in the audience to volunteer to play the parts. This was enjoyed by my 6 year old Ben, who when we watched the later performance “What Ho Henry!” desperately kept volunteering to be picked and was ecstatic when he was chosen to play Thomas Cramer. That made his day. Between perfomances they provided lots of old games, Diablo, plate spinning etc for people to try.There were also performances by an actor being an executioner, complete with a grisly hung body on a gallows. The Poorhouse is now an information display about the castle and this had boxes of dressing up clothes that Ben thoroughly enjoyed trying on. Our walk around the castle walls had some lovely views and photo opportunities and on our descent we found a small museum with some very interesting exhibits. There was a giant plastic chess set, so our boys, 6 and 16 had a game, with our 14 year old daughter sat on various squares of the board depending on how the game progressed. (The winner was our 16 year old, as Ben was being hindered by my husband).There is only a kiosk to buy drinks and food. As there wasn’t a wide range for my fussy vegetarians to eat, we ate dinner at The Castle Inn next door. You are given a sticker to wear so you can go in and out of the castle as you please, allowing you to access your car for a picnic, or explore the outside grounds. There is a well stocked shop with the usual English Heritage fare. We purchased our usual toy weapons, curd and wine. Our day was complete.
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