Lincoln Castle - 1 April 2015

We were delighted to be invited to join the celebrations following Lincoln Castle's fantastic refurbishment.

The day's programme - which featured old friends such as Peterkin, and the wonderful Victorian performers, and new friends like the dance group Poacher Morris - was enjoyed by more than three and a half thousand visitors who came to mark the castle's longed-for reopening.  

Despite strong winds - which sometime played havoc with our costumes - visitors enjoyed a glorious sunny day and were entertained not only by our medieval historical dancing but also other period entertainment, displays and historical enactments spanning 1000 years. These performances included dancing by both the Arbeau Dancers and Poacher Morris (very different dance styles) and a demonstation of a medieval execution (no manikins were hurt during the re-enactment); an entertaining fool and his entourage; Victorian games and chocolate making: a display of birds of prey and much more including the celebrity appearance of Mike the Knight from children's television Mike the Knight

Not withstanding an inspired April Fool's prank, the Magna Carta, which is 800 years old in 2015, remained safe and suitably protected deep within the castle and is available for visitors to see. As a result of work done during the refurbishment, for the first time in the castle's history, visitors are now able to walk around the entirety of the castle walls enjoying spectacular views and many took advantage of the chance to circumnavigate the castle walls, despite the windy conditions.

We were also treated to a new interpretation of the old Victorian prison - this was an unforgetable experience and it was truly shocking to see how terribly prisoners were treated.

But it wasn't all watching - visitors had the opportunity to join with us and learn a simple Medieval dance or particpate in a host of the other activities on offer during the day, including, for the courageous, the opportunity to try out a World War II style assault course, complete with appropriate "encouragement" at high volume.

There is something for everyone at Lincoln Castle and we very much look forward to our forthcoming visit later in April and over the summer.