From the highest of the high to the lowest of the low, the roles and lives of fascinating folk from the last 600 years will be explored this summer at Goodrich Castle, near Ross-on-Wye as part of English Heritage’s Time Travelling Summer at the majestic castle site!
Visitors to the castle on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 31 July to 22 August will have a chance to meet a host of characters pulled from history to share their lives and experiences – from members of the royal family, to those who made their living sifting through the sewers of Victorian London in the hope of finding lost coins or jewellery!
The season launches on Tuesday 31 July and Wednesday 1 August, with the Time Travellers Go… Knights and Princesses. Turning back the clock to the Middle Ages, a real medieval knight and a princess will hold court within the castle’s precincts, engaging visitors with tales of chivalry and lessons in knightly etiquette, as well as leading new recruits in mock contests and conflicts, from junior jousting to sword battles!
The following week’s activities are far less glamorous, as the Time Travellers Go… Gruesome. Visitors will meet with the most unpleasant ‘tosher’ – someone who would have waded through stinking sewers to find lost treasures to make ends meet – and meet Simon the Tudor Sailor for tales of slavery and torture on board an Elizabethan ship!
“These jobs might seem a million miles away from our lives today, but they are still evident in the language we use. ‘A pile of old tosh’ is used to mean rubbish or nonsense today – not too far from the tosh meaning sewage that the tosher would have hunted through,” comments events manager, Charlie Evans. “The same job is likely to have given rise to the phrase ‘where there’s muck, there’s brass’, as any metal found in the sewers could be sold to raise a meagre income.”
Visitors can also find out about Myths and Legends on 14 & 15 August, and meet historic heroes and villains on 21 & 22 August as the school holidays continue. Goodrich Castle’s largest event of the year, taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 25 – Monday 27 August) will see medieval knights doing battle for the delight of the audiences, with a medieval encampment providing entertainment and an insight into life on the move.
Admission to the Time Traveller events at Goodrich Castle is £6.00 for adults, £5.40 for concessions and £3.60 for children, with a family pass (two adults and up to three children) available for £15.60. English Heritage members get in free. There is an additional £1 charge per child (member and non-member) to help fund the Time Travellers activities.
Events run from 11.00am to 5.00pm, with the castle itself opening an hour earlier at 10.00am and closing at 6.00pm every day. For more details, please call 01600 890538 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/goodrich