Last week pupils from Our Lady St Edward’s, Rufford, Cantrell, Westglade and Brocklewood primaries stormed Nottingham Castle’s gates and spent the night sleeping over in one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Although no longer the fortress from the time of Robin, the sheriff and King John, the 17th century ducal mansion offered up a whole heap of activities for our intrepid explorers.
There was orienteering in the grounds and a visit to the caves beneath the building, deep in the sandstone of Castle Rock, taking in King David’s Dungeon and Mortimer’s Hole! There was also time to play in the Hood in the Wood, learning all about life at Nottingham Castle in the Middle Ages and our most famous outlaw (with added dressing up!), and practice our art skills looking at one of the museum’s most popular paintings: Arthur Spooner’s Goose Fair. After this, it was time to bed down and get some sleep in the castle’s splendid Long Gallery.
This was an amazing experience and a great collaboration between SOLAR and the City’s Heritage and Museums team. For more on how you and your school or group can get on one of SOLAR’s super residentials check out their new website here and for more on Nottingham’s museums and heritage, including free trips to Nottingham Castle and art sessions like Take One Picture, click here.