Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Bolsover Castle Bowls Us Over

Last Sunday we stormed a castle I say stormed in the loosest sense of course , when I am in Derby or a even busier place such as London. I am all the more appreciative of the green , tranquil lush countryside that surrounds me and the further I go into it the more relaxed I become. Its wonderful to connect as a family and the castle I mentioned storming was Bolsover Castle.

No matter how many times you visit a place there is always wonderment and trepidation I like to go with the mindset I am the first person to ever see the place I am visiting.

Now I live to take pictures to capture my world in a myriad of colours.

Octagonal Lantern 

The lantern is an unusual, octagonal room beneath the central turret of the Little Castle.  The turret is circled with windows that allow light to spill down into the centre of the upper floor.
The plaster of the central area has a golden tint that gives the light in the lantern a summery quality.  This area would probably been the centre of much of the activity in this are of the castle due to this lightness.
Bolsover Castle The Lantern
This was taken completely without any filters added or any photographic trickery.

I've been to Bolsover with school before and the attention to detail by the English Heritage staff is second to none, and the children are enthralled and their minds are switched on on many a educational and creative level.

Bolsover castle is a great place for all the family to visit its interest spans the generations, you can bring a picnic and eat in the grounds or eat at the cafe that's is reasonably priced.  There is also a gift shop where you can kit your children out as nights , princess and princess also the adults can stock some very scrumptious jams, compotes  ales and wines.

There is plenty for the family to do explore the castle, play with the interactive displays , take part in the events that are often put on at the castle like Knights jousting displays taking you back to days of chivalry.

Bolover Castle has panoramic views over the vale of Scarsdale I think of no better way to spend the day soaking up the ambiance and history of my surroundings.

Bolsover castle grounds also has the rudest fountain in England without a doubt!!

Yes its a fortified house but I 'm not going to let on are you ? and in the time that it was built it was a fortfied house !! and anyways isn't an "Englishman's home is his castle"!?

Disclosure ( I was sent a pass for the purpose of this visit)



  1. We should meet up here its only 30 mins from me

  2. I have to say I love exploring castles, we have been to our local one dozens of times, so much to see and do, looks a great place.

  3. Looks like a fabulous castle

  4. It's funny how you so often go a long way to places and ignore those on your doorstep. I only live five minutes away from Bolsover Castle, but have never been there. Glad you enjoyed it.


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