Michaelmas Celebration of Harvest
As Autumn arrives in all its fruitful gloriousness, we at Berkeley Castle invite you to our Michaelmas Harvest Day to celebrate the British Countryside and everything it has to offer.
This is a splendid opportunity to meet local food and drink producers to sample and buy delicious produce, from cider and chutney to tasty treats like chocolate and ice-cream. Children can try their hand at cupcake decorating, and local crafts people will be demonstrating their expert skills in lace-making, fly fishing, bee-keeping, and wool spinning.
Come and say hello to the farm animals in the Inner Bailey - we'll have charming breeds like Dexter cows, pygmy goats and hairy kunekune piglets for you to greet! You'll also get the chance to discover more about some of the fantastic local organisations that add to the richness and diversity of our region. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the National Farmers Union, Vale of Berkeley Railway, and Severn Area Rescue Association will all be represented on the day.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Castle; mingle with Tudor Royalty and explore the exquisite Tudor Costume Exhibition in the Great Hall, each stunning costume meticulously copied from an original portrait. We'll also have brilliant live musical entertainment throughout the day, as well as our well-loved, traditional Morris Dancing displays.
Meet the Castle’s archivist, David Smith, who’ll be signing copies of his co-written book, Edward II His Last Months and his Monument in the Kings’ Gallery – right next to the cell where the King was reputedly murdered.
Belinda Durrant, our Artist in Residence will also be on hand to meet our visitors. Find out more about her inspiration for the majestic stags on the Game Larder and our latest addition – the mermaids near the Lily Pond.
All of these fabulous activities are included in the entrance fee (a small charge will be made for the cupcake decorating classes) and we are really proud to offer this great value and fun packed seasonal experience. Charles Berkeley, Director of Berkeley Castle, agrees wholeheartedly: “We can't think of a better way to celebrate the fantastic British countryside and the bounties of its harvest than bringing together local food producers, farmers, entertainers, craftsmen and women and like-minded organisations to present our visitors with a thoroughly uplifting and engaging day out.”
Berkeley Castle is open from Sunday to Wednesday each week until the end of October, 11am – 5pm (last admission 4pm). Berkeley Castle is found at Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9PJ. Tel: 01453 810303.
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