Cavaliers return to Bolsover Castle after 300 years for horse racing and merriment

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More than 300 years since Bolsover Castle saw its last Cavaliers, the Merry Monarch’s men will return for a weekend of horse racing, music, theatre and battle drills on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Lucy Hutchings, Events Manager at English Heritag, said: “This will be the first time in over 300 years that a Cavalier horse race has taken place at Bolsover Castle. We’ll be replicating the fun and excitement of the Cavalier races as our riders compete round the course at Bolsover cheered on by the Merry Monarch himself King Charles II and his courtiers.

“This will be a colourful, riotous, fun-filled weekend reliving Bolsover’s glory days as a Cavalier court. Visitors will enjoy displays of cavalry charges and battle tactics with pistols and swords at the ready. There will be Cavalier horse racing, duels, music and a play entitled ‘Claude Du Vall -The Ladies Delight’ during which the show is interupted by a highwaymen and chaos ensues! Visitors will be able to meet the Cavaliers and their horses, and there will be special have a go activities for children too.”

The event runs 11am-4pm on both days, admission is adult £10.50/conc £9.50/child (5-15) £6.30/family £27.30. EH members free

For further information, call 0870 333 1181 or visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsovercastle. Bolsover Castle, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 6PR. J29A off M1.