One of the best preserved, most complete, medieval castles in England, full roofed, a safe dry environment for all ages at any time of year. Delightful picnic areas, rooms available for group use. Tour sheets in ten languages, or experienced guides provided for pre-booked parties at no extra charge.
Facilities for educational visits include eating area, classroom and guided tour. Free preparatory visits for teachers. Shop selling souvenirs or pre-ordered goody bags. Teacher's resource pack available.
The Clog Festival, starting in the mills, when workers wearing clogs would tap their feet in rhythm of the machines, it has now developed into a precise form if dance, with intricate foot movements. Saturday from 10.30 until 2pm, Sunday from 11.30 until 3pm.
John Nevison the Yorkshire Highwayman 10 Aug 2013 to 11 Aug 2013
John Nevison was a famous late 17th century Yorkshire highwayman who robbed the length of the Great North Road but especially in the northern counties. One story about him was how he was supposed to have ridden from London to York in less than a day to gain alibi for a robbery he'd been witnessed committing.
On the weekend of the 13th and 14th August, 'Swift Nicks' Nevison has had to escape from the Black Horse Inn with the law of the land after him. Luckily he is good friends with the castle steward and as the countess is away he has been allowed into the castle to hide where he intends to wait until dark and then to attempt to sneak back to retrieve his favourite horse 'Nutmeg'.
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm
Historia Normannis 17 Aug 2013 to 18 Aug 2013
The walls of Skipton castle will echo to the sound of swords and shields once again - but don't worry, it's only the reenactors of Historia Normannis! Come and see medieval craftsman demonstrating their trading, knights displaying their prowess, and the ladies describing life as it would have been in the reign of Henry II. The castle itself will be the site of historic set-pieces, recreating the daily working of a local medieval court, the furnishings of a Lord's bedchamber, and outside the walls, a working medievil seige weapon! A great day out for history enthusiasts and curious families alike-it promises to be an event not to be missed!
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12 noon - 6pm
Currer Laithe Farm
Recommended by schools, youth organisations, families, walkers etc. Within walking distance of Bronte Country, East Riddleston Hall, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, St Ives Country Park, Bingley Five… More Info »