Theatrical delights in store at Bolsover Castle

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Theatrical delights in store at Bolsover Castle

Once used by William Cavendish – a sophisticated, flamboyant, master horseman and courtier to King Charles I – as a retreat for entertainment and cultural pursuits, Bolsover Castle will soon be alive again and impressing visitors, just as it did in the 1600s

The imaginative endeavour, which opens 4 April 2014, will combine new furnishings and interpretation to give a flavour of ‘Cavalier’ splendour. The addition of tactile furnishings on the first floor of the Little Castle will evoke the building’s original purpose and it will reference Bolsover in the 1630s, when an extravagant masque written by Ben Jonson was performed for King Charles, Queen Henrietta Maria, and the aristocracy and gentry of the county.

Visitors will also be able to experience the restored and repaired walled Fountain Garden just outside the Little Castle, which, for the first time in almost 400 years, will feature the opportunity to stroll along the high-level wall walk giving a new perspective over the garden and fabulous views out over the surrounding countryside. The garden is being returned to its original glory with spectacular seasonal displays demonstrating the history of the garden and the significance of the plants and planting schemes of the time.

Bolsover Castle, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6PR
Tel: 01246 822844

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