When they were younger, my boys loved dressing up and had many costumes, everything from Buzz and Woody to Thunderbirds outfits that their Nanna sewed for them. They loved nothing more than getting into their outfits and play acting for hours on end, so when we travelled to England and Wales, and visited a multitude of castles, it was inevitable that we purchase knight costumes. They were completely in their element, bounding about the castle grounds, jousting with their newly acquired wooden swords. They entertained many a fellow visitor, with one group of Americans thinking they were being paid to put on a show!
The castles we visited varied greatly, some just ruins, and others towering over us in their magnificent glory. Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror, was one we will never forget, as it offered different attractions, including The Mighty Trebuchet show and the Castle Dungeon. The Warwick Trebuchet is the largest working siege machine in the world, the colossal catapult being an authentic recreation of one of the biggest and most deadly military machines of all time. The visit to the dungeon was an interactive experience with live actors and spectacular special effects that sent chills down our spines. The boys loved feeling they were part of a medieval world and soaked up both the atmosphere and information which they have retained to this day ( unlike their parents!) We had a truly unforgettable, magical day, one of many on that fabulous trip.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.”
When my boys turned 11 they had a Medieval Mystery party ( written by me) complete with a medieval feast, archery and jousting. All the kids loved it! This and many other themed mystery parties are sold on one of Tracey’s and my Etsy businesses.