Arm the Knight, defend the Castle
Led by our resident knights, learn how a knight was armed and how he fought as pupils handle armour and weapons. How heavy is chain mail? What is a bassinet? How could a knight move in all that armour? Once trained, the group will take on the roles of attackers and defenders as they act out their parts in the Castle’s medieval Barbican gatehouse. Once the battle is over, the dungeon awaits the vanquished... who will it be?
This is a hands-on, interactive session to allow pupils to experience what life would have been like as a medieval knight or soldier, plus their fate if defeated in battle.
Harry Hotspur – life of a medieval knight
Harry Hostpur, the legendary local hero, was renowned as one of the greatest medieval knights, but what made the legend? Our medieval players will regale pupils with the tale of the man behind the fame: bravery and hot-headedness, mixed together with a little tomfoolery. Afterwards, handle and learn about the real arms and armour Harry Hotspur would have used.
A performance charting the life and character of Alnwick’s greatest knight with drama and humour, followed by a practical arms and armour session and a demonstration of medieval sword fighting techniques, bringing the reality of his weaponry vividly to life.
Medieval Alchemist – Medical Scientist or Magical Charlatan?
Was he a scientist or a fraud? Would you trust him to cure you of the plague, a sore throat, or even a toothache? Can he really predict the future or control things with his mind? Join the Castle’s Alchemist and his luckless assistant as they lead pupils through the science, medicines and magical nonsense that make up their world.
The Alchemist will demonstrate his understanding of medieval science and medicine. He will perform some of his “scientific” experiments, demonstrate some of his cures and finally show that we still use some of his cures today.