Something for the weekend- Bolsover Castle

It’s half term next week and I’m making a suggestion for something to do and also linking up with Christine’s Fab blog Thinly Spread. Every Friday she hosts Something for the Weekend and comes up with some great ideas for things to do with children. I recommend you pop over to Thinly Spread and check out not just Something for the Weekend but the whole blog.

Everyone loves a Castle?  Here’s one I visited earlier.

Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire is managed by English Heritage. I’m a bit of a fan of old houses and think the work English Heritage do in preserving and maintaining historic buildings is something to be supported. A couple of weekend’s ago stuck for something to do on a Sunday we decided to visit Bolsover Castle. It’s visible from the M1 on your right as you head North just before junction 30 and I’d seen it many times and wondered what it was like, so after briefly checking the English Heritage Website and without any expectations or information we headed off.

The cost of entry is for £7.40 per adult and children £3.70 (under 5’s free and prices go up from 1st April). The price includes an audio commentary but I didn’t think this was practical with a 3 year old, but obviously with the commentary we would have come away with a lot more knowledge about the history of the property.

The property itself is essentially spread over three sites:
What was historically a riding school with a beautiful timber roof and some inactive displays.

An outside ruined hall for exploring and playing ‘boo’ and hide and seek.

A very beautiful house with lots of rooms to explore, ‘scary’ stairs and pretty things to ‘Oooh and Arrrrh’ over.

The cafe is excellent selling freshly made food sourced locally. A great day out, we went with no expectations and came away very impressed, and very much felt it was worth the entry fee.

English Heritage of a range of properties across the country there is very likely to be one in reasonable traveling distance from most people, so if you are looking for something to do this half term, I recommend you check out their website, for more information about Bolsover Castle click here or for English Heritage Home Page click here and find your own little bit of history to explore.

This is not a sponsored post, I just really like English Heritage.


  1. missielizzieb

    We’re English Heritage members and really don’t use our cards as much as we should.

    Love exploring old castles and houses, great opportunities for playing princesses and dragons, even more so if you take the kids ;0)


  2. Jazzygal

    Oh fabulous! I did a similar post when we brought WiiBoy to see Trim Castle in Ireland last October! Actually, he brought us.he had been there on a school trip and wanted to show us the Castle!

    Great idea to do interesting stuff on mid-term. I had plans too but don’t think I’ll get to fulfill them this time.

    Enjoy midterm!

    xx Jazzy

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